Fire rips through Grays Ferry rowhouse, kills 2 children

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By KYW Newsradio

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — An early Saturday morning rowhouse fire in the Grays Ferry neighborhood of Philadelphia claimed the lives of two children. The other occupants are in area hospitals with unknown conditions.

Officials said the fire started inside the two-story rowhouse near south 30th and Dickinson streets shortly after 1 a.m. Six people were in the house. At least one person jumped out of a window to escape, according to officials. Neighbors were trying to assist as best they could.

"My son had the mother in his arms, literally carrying her from across the street to his house, and sat her on the step next to me," recounted one neighbor.

"Then he went to go run to try to see if he could go through the back. And he was like, 'I'm (going to) go through the back,' and I ran to the back with him and that's when the flames just shot out the back, and there was no way to get inside at all."

Firefighters found one child dead inside the home. Another child died at the hospital, according to officials. Four others were taken to area hospitals.

"Our hearts go out to the neighborhood, the community, and the families in this tragic incident. I can tell you we're hurting from this," said Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.