December 5, 1987 |
A TREE GROWS ALONG THE SCHUYLKILL where Robert Grow of Connelly Containers adjusts a Christmas display atop a water tower. At the bottom of the ladder yesterday was electrician Joe Terifay. The tree and tower, just upriver from City Avenue, are lighted by night.
May 13, 2015 |
The neighbors who live on Kensington Avenue smelled smoke and saw the flames pouring from the apartments above the hair-braiding salon Monday morning. They ran down the street. They called to their friends. Above them, Matthew Pote, 31, clung to a second-floor windowsill. His neighbors could glimpse him and his family through the smoke that swirled from the windows. Someone stretched a ladder up toward him, but, neighbors said, he lost his grip and plummeted to the sidewalk. His limp body was lying there when firefighters arrived.
May 11, 2004
So now Mayor Street wants to make drastic cuts to the Fire Department. These cuts will cause more loss of lives and property. Firefighters risk their lives every day. Here in Frankford, Engine 14/Ladder 15, at Foulkrod and Darrah, has given residents fine service for so many years. We depend on this company. So think before you leap. Bernice D. Hall, Philadelphia
December 5, 1992 |
The remarkable aspect of the company Christmas tree that Bob Grow sets up each year isn't its shape or species. It's the lofty perch, atop a Connelly Containers water tower next to the Schuylkill Expressway. That's a 150-foot climb on a ladder for Grow, his balance tested by the 140-pound tree tied to his back. He's missed making the climb only once since 1987.
September 29, 2013 |
NUMEROUS Philly firefighters were in the unusual position yesterday of having to douse furious flames at their own building. An ambulance inexplicably caught fire inside the headquarters for Ladder 2, at 4th and Arch streets, shortly after 11:30 a.m., filling the Old City firehouse with a blanket of black smoke. "It's not something that you see often," said Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers. Two medics called for help after trying unsuccessfully to put out the fire, which appeared to have started in the engine, with an extinguisher, Ayers said.
April 25, 2006 |
Four firefighters and a battalion chief were rushed to the hospital after they were shocked, likely by downed electrical wires, as they were fighting a three-alarm blaze in West Philadelphia early yesterday. Two of the injured were admitted for overnight treatment. The other three were treated and released, Executive Fire Chief Daniel Williams said. Authorities ruled out lightning as the cause and said they believed the shock was caused by live wires that had fallen during the fire and came in contact with a ladder truck.