Download: 01.10.11 - 5th Alarm Apartment Fire; Philadelphia, PA

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At 14:35 hours, Box 2837 was transmitted for the apartment building at 4800 Walnut Street. On arrival, crews found heavy smoke in the hallways on the 3rd and 4th floor.

Due to the massive size of the comple, crews had trouble finding the seat of the fire. When they finally did, the fire was in the walls extending vertically to the cockloft.

A second alarm was transmitted about an hour into the call. With the rapid extension of the fire in the cockloft, the 3rd and 4th alarms were transmitted. As the fire spread to the west wing and the east wing, the 5th alarm was transmitted.

In all, over 160 firefighters and more than 50 pieced of equipment battled the blaze in freezing temperatures. 89 of the 90 apartments were occupied. About 100 residents were displaced by the fire.

It took over five hours to contain the blaze. Under Control was transmitted at 19:25, but firefighters were far from finished.