Philadelphia, PA – Twelve Killed in Fatal Public Housing Fire

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January 5, 2022

Philadelphia, PA (January 5, 2022) – Around 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 5, a large fire ripped through a home in Philadelphia, taking the lives of several victims.

According to officials, they were called to the scene around 6:40 a.m. in an unidentified party of Fairmount, Philadelphia where they found that a two-unit home caught on fire. Numerous fire officials stated that it was one of the worst calls to which they have ever responded. They found flames shooting out the top of the windows on the second floor. Fire crews were able to bring the fire under control but it took about an hour to do so.

Several responders, including local paramedics and fire crews, were dispatched to the scene to help those in need. A total of twelve people were killed as a result of the accident. Eight of those people were identified as children. Two people were also sent to the hospital with injuries, though their conditions are not yet known.

Fire crews have since found that the four smoke alarms in the building were not working, which may have failed to alert those in the building of the fire.

No further details have been released but the investigation remains ongoing.

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the families of the deceased victims at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families in hopes of a full recovery.

Fatal Fires in Philadelphia

Fires break out every week in Philadelphia, some of which are minor and others that are incredibly severe in nature. Though these fires happen virtually anywhere, residential and commercial areas are some of the most common places. In 2019 alone, it was reported that approximately 6.2 people were killed in every 1,000 fires in Pennsylvania. The truth is, fires can typically be prevented but continue to occur due to the reckless acts of others. If you have lost someone you love in a fire, you should be prepared to speak with an attorney that you can rely on.

The loss of a loved one in a fire can have a huge impact on every aspect of your life. Nobody ever expects to have to say goodbye to a loved one prematurely. You may be left with a wide array of questions that you cannot answer on your own as you face these losses. For instance, you may wonder what deadlines you will have to meet in your claim or what evidence you have to prove that another party is liable for the fire. If you have sustained these losses and wonder where you can turn, you have options. It is imperative that you seek the help of a dedicated Philadelphia wrongful death attorney as soon as possible.

Philadelphia Wrongful Death Attorneys

The loss of a loved one can impact your life in a variety of ways. At Spear Greenfield Personal Injury Attorneys, we will help you and your family move forward after you have suffered the loss of a loved one. We will help you obtain compensation for a wide array of damages, including the following:

• Funeral expenses
• Burial costs
• Pain and suffering
• Therapy costs

If you have lost somebody close to you in a fire and wonder where you can turn, we are here to help you. Please contact an accident attorney in Philadelphia by clicking here.

Note: Our team of writers uses secondary sources to produce this post including local and state media and news sources, local and state police incident reports, social medial platforms as well as eyewitness accounts about serious accidents that take place in Pennsylvania. For that reason, if you find any information that is not correct, please contact Spear Greenfield Personal Injury Attorneys as soon as possible so that we can update the post with the most accurate information available. A post will be removed upon request. 

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