Philadelphia, PA – City Council President Darrell L. Clarke (5th District) today issued the following statement in response to a devastating fire in the Fairmount section of the city that has claimed the lives of 12 residents and gravely injured two others.
“I know that all Philadelphians join me today in grieving the tremendous loss of life from this morning’s fire at 869 North 23rd Street. We send our prayers to the family members, friends and neighbors of the four adults and eight children who died this morning’s fire. We also send our thoughts to the two residents currently hospitalized and pray for their full recovery.
The men and women of the Philadelphia Fire Deparment responded quickly at 6:38am and fought valiantly to reduce the loss of life in this fast-moving fire. We thank them for their bravery and recognize the pain that they are feeling today. We pledge to support our first responders and the members of the Fairmount community as they deal with the trauma from this morning’s events.
We also pledge our full support to the Fire Marshal’s office, the ATF and all agencies who will be part of the thorough investigation into the causes of this tragedy.”
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Note: This statement has been updated to reflect the number of confirmed fatalities and the approximate ages of the victims.