7 children among at least 13 dead after house fire in Fairmount section of Philadelphia

“Keep these folks, and especially the children, in your prayers. Losing so many kids is just devastating,” Mayor Kenney said.

13 people dead after row house fire in Fairmount section of Philadelphia, sources say

Firefighters arrived to find heavy flames shooting from the second story of the three-story row house.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Sources tell Action News that 13 people are dead after a house fire in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia.

At least two others are injured.

There was no immediate word as to the ages of those who died. Neighbors say there were a number of children who lived inside the home.

Neighbor Bill Richards who lived on the block for 24 years says he heard a woman yell, “Oh my God! Oh my God!”

He then heard fire trucks and came outside.

“It’s very upsetting,” Richards said. “I just can’t wrap myself around it.”

Richards spoke about a young man he has watched grow up who lives in the building.

“It’s a great neighborhood – a varied neighborhood. There are houses that have single families, multi-families, there are apartments, a lot of renters but there are single families. I’ve been here for 24 years. I love the neighborhood,” Richards said.

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