Letter: Firefighters earn praise for response to fatal blaze

Posted 12/1/21

On Saturday evening, November 13, a fire broke out at a West Mount Airy home on Mt Airy Avenue. We who live nearby are heartbroken by this tragic event that gutted the home and killed two of its …

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Letter: Firefighters earn praise for response to fatal blaze

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On Saturday evening, November 13, a fire broke out at a West Mount Airy home on Mt Airy Avenue. We who live nearby are heartbroken by this tragic event that gutted the home and killed two of its residents.

In our discussions about what we in the community can do to help the family, there was constant praise for how the local Fire Department handled this difficult and challenging situation. The Fire Department was there “en masse” within a few minutes of a phone call to 911. The fire was quickly extinguished, within 20 minutes. Everyone there, from fire personnel to police, were helpful, courteous, and professional. The quick response is what contained the fire and prevented it from spreading to other homes on the block, including the attached twin.

We are writing this letter to thank everyone in the Department who was so helpful and courageous and who did their job so efficiently and effectively. We would appreciate it if you would pass this on to the specific ladder companies who were involved and give them our thanks for a job well done.

We hope that everyone in Philadelphia, no matter the neighborhood or circumstance, is able to receive the same professional response if faced with a similar circumstance.

Neighbors of the 300 block of
West Mount Airy Ave.

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