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Two Dead, One Critical after Philadelphia Apartment Fire

PHILADELPHIA (MyFoxPhilly.com) – Two young people have died as a result of a fire in an apartment building in Tacony, fire officials say.

The fire broke out around 4:50 a.m. Tuesday on the 6800 block of Torresdale Avenue in a building that has aparments over a first-floor barbershop.

In addition to the two fatalities, a third person, a 43-year-old woman, was pulled from the fire and rushed to Aria-Torresdale Hospital, where she was reported to be in very critical condition.

FOX 29’s Karen Hepp reported live from the scene that fire officials said the first firefighters at the scene got some misinformation. They were initially told no one was inside.

After learning people were in fact trapped, firefighters took a young girl and possibly a boy, believed to be a teenager, from a bedroom facing the street. They did not survive.

The woman, found in the middle bedroom, had no vital signs when she was pulled from the fire. But she has been revived, and Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said she is fighting for her life at Aria-Torresdale.

Fire officials said there was no gas to the home. They did find an electrical strip that was in use. They’re also trying to determine if the apartment was legal for occupancy.

The fire may have begun in a back room on the first floor, which had heavy flames.

Firefighters also said they had to force their way onto some of the other floors. It wasn’t immediately clear what kind of obstructions they faced.

Torresdale Avenue remains closed between Knorr Street and Longshore Avenue as officials continue to investigate. Use Frankford Avenue to avoid this closure.