ATF now investigating 4-alarm Port Richmond fire

Four-alarm warehouse blaze
Photo credit Philadelphia Fire Department
By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The National Response Team of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, ATF, is now investigating the four-alarm fire in Port Richmond over the weekend.

The @ATFPhiladelphia Arson & Explosives Task Force has joined @PhillyFireDept in investigating the 4-alarm fire at the Thrifty Irishman Thrift Store. Investigators will have to wait until the structure is safe & secured before proceeding with the origin & cause investigation.

— ATF Philadelphia (@ATFPhiladelphia) April 8, 2019

It was Sunday night around 7:30 when the fire broke out in the "Thrifty Irishman Thrift Store" in the 2200 block of East Butler Street. It took three hours and 150 firefighters to bring it under control.

The fire caused an estimated $1.8 million in damage and destroyed the building.

It was an extremely busy -- and difficult -- weekend for the PFD: a four-alarm warehouse blaze; multiple house fires; thousands of 911 calls & EMS incidents; smoke alarm installations; and ladder training. If you need FREE smoke alarms, please contact @philly311.

— Philadelphia Fire (@PhillyFireDept) April 8, 2019

On Monday, the NRT joined the ATF Arson and Explosives Task Force, the Philadelphia Fire Marshal and Philadelphia Police Department in conducting the investigation.