August 9, 2016 |
Backyard barbecuing or sitting around a campfire in the summer, toasty hands and roasted chestnuts in the winter - in any season, people love a nice fire. And in the smoke that those flames produce, scientists may have found a clue to the success of our species. For prehistoric humans, including Neanderthals, fire was their technology, providing heat, light, and a means of making more foods digestible. But when they made those fires in caves, they would also inhale great quantities of smoke and its toxic chemicals.
August 1, 2016
A fire early Saturday morning in the Fairhill section of North Philadelphia sent one person to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, a fire dispatcher said. The fire was reported about 3 a.m. on the 2800 block of North Palethorp Street, and was put under control shortly afterward. 6ABC reported that a 2-year-old child suffered smoke inhalation in the house fire and was sent to the hospital. It said the toddler is expected to be OK. The cause of the fire was under investigation.
July 11, 2016
A fire that erupted at a West Philadelphia rowhouse early Saturday sent a few firefighters and residents to a hospital for minor injuries and spread to at least two other homes, authorities said. Flames broke out at the home on the 5800 block of Larchwood Avenue at about 1:05 a.m., with heavy fire on the first and second floors, a Fire Department dispatcher said. The dwelling was fully engulfed and the fire spread to at least two other homes. A few firefighters were taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center for minor injuries and were in stable condition, the dispatcher said.
April 28, 2016 |
After a firebombing in Olney that killed five people - one of them an infant - in 2003, then-Fire Commissioner Harold B. Hairston said, "This is murder, there is no question about it. " But for nearly 13 years, the question of who set the fire and why remained - until Tuesday, when Police Homicide Capt. James Clark announced an arrest in the case and said the motive for the deadly blaze was "pride. " Clark said police arrested Abdu Rivera, 32, of Holmesburg, on Monday and charged him with five counts of murder and related offenses in the Nov. 18, 2003, arson that killed boxer John Santiago, 23; his girlfriend, Clarissa DaVila, 17; Santiago's daughter, 3-month-old Jacqueline; his brother, 17-year-old Alex; and his mother, Francesca DeJesus, 41. Before the fire, Santiago, a featherweight boxer and three-time Pennsylvania Golden Gloves champ, had gotten into a fight outside a club with Rivera and his friends, Clark said, and easily defeated them.
March 20, 2016
A fire that broke out at a beauty salon early Saturday morning in Kensington injured one person, authorities said. The 2 a.m. fire at the Bamboo Beauty Salon on the 3000 block of Kensington Avenue was placed under control about 20 minutes later, a fire dispatcher said. One man was taken to Temple University Hospital in stable condition. 6abc reported that the man lived in an apartment above the business and was being treated for smoke inhalation. It said firefighters were investigating the blaze as suspicious.
February 15, 2016
A fire broke out early Saturday morning at a Bucks County apartment complex, sending two people to a hospital for minor injuries, authorities said. The fire erupted at about 5:20 a.m. at the Foxwood Manor apartments, 2180 Veterans Highway, in Levittown. It was extinguished shortly after 6 a.m., Deputy Chief Robert Johnson of the William Penn Fire Company in Hulmeville said. A man and a woman who lived in one apartment went to a hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation, he said.
October 10, 2014 |
A SMALL FIRE at a Delaware County assisted-living facility killed a disabled 63-year-old man, injured two staffers and prompted the evacuation of 38 other residents Wednesday night. Investigators haven't announced yet what caused the 9:33 p.m. blaze at the Elwyn Institute's Media campus in Middletown Township. The fire broke out in the victim's bedroom in Elwyn's one-story Smith Hall, said State Trooper John Stewart of the fire marshal's unit. Autopsy results on the victim, a "total care" resident whose name wasn't released, are pending, Stewart said.
July 27, 2014 |
Authorities are investigating a "suspicious" fire that ripped through a South Philadelphia rowhouse Friday, injuring two adults and a child forced to flee the blaze. Police at the same time credited one of their own - Lt. Jonathan Josey - with rushing into the burning building to alert residents. Early Friday evening, police said they had a male in custody and charges were expected. No further information on the suspect was available. The Fire Department said the blaze, on the 1700 block of Sigel Street, was reported shortly before 6:15 a.m. and witnesses told investigators they saw someone throw something into the house.
July 18, 2014 |
DEWEN BOWAH's right arm is still bandaged, hiding severe burns from the fatal flames of the Gesner Street fire. She sat last night on the porch of her sister's house in Darby, her voice barely above a whisper - the lingering effects of smoke inhalation. Bowah deferred questions to Milton Musa, the man who caught two of her daughters as they leaped from their burning home July 5. Her youngest girls, twins Maria and Marialla, perished in the terrible inferno. "It's a sad, sad situation," Musa said.
July 11, 2014 |
IN A MATTER OF minutes, the Gesner Street inferno consumed four lives early Saturday. Last night, four days after the destructive flames were extinguished, those whose lives were touched by the fire were consumed by questions. One of those victims, Dewen Bowah, 41, remained in stable condition yesterday at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, receiving treatment for burns and smoke inhalation after rescuing three of her kids from her burning house, according to Michael Chea, a member of the Liberian Association of Pennsylvania, who visited Bowah yesterday.