PHILADELPHIA (MyFoxPhilly) - Fire officials say four people have died in a house fire on Chancellor Street in West Philadelphia. The victims are two adults an two children.
MyFoxPhilly Slideshow: Images From Fatal Fire Scene
The blaze broke out at a home on Chancellor Street shortly before 5 a.m. Monday.
The children were rushed to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. At least one of the adults was taken to Mercy Philadelphia Hospital.
The fire was reported under control at 5:23 a.m.
But fire officials said the family had become trapped upstairs by the flames that began downstairs.
A mother and toddler were found in a back bedroom, a second child was in a middle room, and a man believed to be the woman's father also lost his life.
Two others homes were also evacuated during the blaze, and the American Red Cross responded to help those who were out of their homes.
Eight people have been killed by fire in less than a week in Philadelphia, including two firefighters.
Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said there were no working smoke detectors in the home, and firefighters did everything they could do.
Ayers urged everyone to check their smoke alarms. Call 3-1-1 and firefighters will come out and install them for you. Other websites the fire commissioner suggested checking out were www.freedomfromfire.com or www.phila.gov/fire/ .
Comment Now: Post Your Thoughts & Comments on This Story