Pennsylvania Fire Causes Warehouse To Collapse

Associated Press Writer

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Fire swept through an abandoned warehouse early Wednesday, collapsing the roof and forcing about 100 residents to evacuate nearby homes, authorities said.

Eight other properties and two parked cars caught fire. About 170 firefighters fought the blaze in the city's Kensington section, Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said.

Firefighters rescued a man from the second floor of the building, Ayers said. The man was taken to a hospital for treatment.

The fire broke out shortly before 4 a.m. and spread quickly through the five-story brick building, a former textile warehouse, officials said.

A towering plume of smoke was visible from nearby Interstate 95 and other morning rush-hour routes. Commuter trains were passed through a nearby station without stopping, and two bus routes were detoured around the area, according to the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority.

Power was knocked out to about 200 customers, according to Peco Energy Co.

One firefighter was taken to a hospital in stable condition, said fire Capt. Richard Davison, who would not elaborate on the firefighter's injuries.

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