Wednesday, March 23, 2011

PA Apartment Fire Kills 5: Worst Since 1970

(AP Photo/Altoona Mirror, J.D. Cavrich)

Five people were killed as fire engulfed a second-floor apartment in Altoona, Pennsylvania early Tuesday. Reports indicate that 30 firefighters worked for one hour to bring the fire under control. One veteran firefighter said the fire was one of "the most tragic fire events in my career in the city" according to Associated Press reports:

"The worst fire in this central Pennsylvania city since the 1970s tore through a second-floor apartment and killed five people early Tuesday, spewing flames visible across the city, officials said. The victims died of smoke inhalation, Blair County Coroner Patricia Ross said. The red brick home was already engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived from a station about two blocks away about 6:45 a.m., said Deputy Fire Chief Tim Hileman. The cause is still under investigation."

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