PHILADELPHIA (TBEN) – A fire in a south Philadelphia townhouse has killed two children and sent four more to hospital. Fire crews were called to the 30th and Dickinson to Grays Ferry around 1.15am on Saturday
“I couldn’t reach the children. I couldn’t reach them at all, ”said Naukel Barnes.
Neighbors are heartbroken after two children, a 3-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl, were killed in a townhouse fire on Saturday morning.
“It was sad because you can’t do anything. You think let me take the extinguisher, let me do something. It’s just hard because there’s nothing you can do, ”Barnes said.
Barnes lives across the street from where the fire occurred. She says she and her son tried to help, but the fire was too intense.
“My son had the mother in his arms, literally carrying her across the street to his house, sat her on the step next to me, then he went to see if he could walk by. the back and it was like I was crossing the back and I ran with it and that’s when the flames burst out and there was no way for us to get in inside, ”she said.
Firefighters say the 3-year-old boy died in the house and the 10-year-old girl was rushed to hospital where she later died.
Two more people had to be rescued from the blaze, and three others jumped out of second story windows to escape the flames.
“To know that you are there and that there are people inside, you know what I mean?” Inside. We couldn’t do anything else. Nothing, “said Barnes”
“When I heard that I just had to get up,” said family friend Russell Bennett.
Bennett is a family friend and came to the scene to help drive the displaced neighbors to a nearby hotel.
He says his grandchildren are friends with the children who were killed.
A 9-month-old has been rushed to Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia and is listed in critical condition. Meanwhile, three adults were taken to Penn Presbyterian Hospital.
One of the adults is listed in critical condition while the other two are listed in stable condition.
The Red Cross helps those who have been displaced by the fire.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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