PHILADELPHIA (TBEN / TBEN) – Authorities are trying to determine the cause of a house explosion in northeast Philadelphia that sent one man to hospital and prompted another to seek treatment at the scene. Police said the explosion occurred shortly before 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the city’s Wissinoming neighborhood. The fire department said crews arrived to find a collapsed facade and heavy fire on the second floor.
Chopper 3 was over the scene as nearly 60 firefighters initially responded to the scene.
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Firefighters evacuated adjacent homes and battled the flames, bringing the situation under control shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday.
A 61-year-old man who lived at the house was rescued from the aftermath by a Good Samaritan who realized he was trapped.
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“I saw everything explode. I just heard him cry and scream so I went over there to try to help him. There was a fire on the steps, so first I had to put out the fire on the steps and had to remove it. And when I went upstairs, it was on fire. So I took him out with the fire extinguisher and hugged him, put him on my shoulder and went down, ”said Rakym Dyer.
The 61-year-old was taken to Jefferson Hospital. A report on his condition was not immediately available. A second man was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene.
Alicia Roberts of CBS3 contributed to this report.
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