Philadelphia Firefighters Injured in Five-Alarm Blaze

WEST PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) – Around 180 firefighters are battling a massive 5-alarm fire in Overbrook Monday morning.

The fire broke out at a four-story apartment building on the 900 block of North 63rd Street just before 2:30 a.m.

Two firefighters have been injured and around 60 families have been displaced as a result of the fire, according to officials.

Below-freezing temperatures are creating icy conditions.

Firefighters were forced to leave the building to due structural concerns, per the fire commissioner. Parts of the building have started to collapse.

The Red Cross is assisting nearly displaced families at John Barry Elementary School, which is serving as a warming center until families are placed in temporary housing.

Officials say the warming center is pet friendly. Red Paw Relief is also on the scene assisting residents with pets.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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