Jim’s Steaks fire: Business vows to rebuild after devastating fire on South Street

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — South Philadelphia’s Jim’s Steaks pledges to rebuild after a wildfire destroyed the legendary store earlier this week.

The fire was reported around 9:15 a.m. Friday at the popular Philadelphia cheesesteak joint on the 400 block of South Street.

The fire alarm reached two alarms before it could be brought under control. Officials say it was a difficult fight because the flames traveled through the heating and air conditioning system.

Christina Lawlor was in the building Friday morning opening Jim’s Steaks for the day.

“I knew as soon as I walked in this morning that something was wrong because it was too hot,” she said.

“I started smelling something. It smelled electric, you know you can smell that,” she continued. “So I’m like, ‘Something’s wrong.’ We looked up and saw smoke coming down from where the walk-in is and it was smoke coming down.”

According to the fire department, more than 125 employees and almost 60 vehicles were deployed at the crime scene.

As the cleanup continues, Jim’s Steaks has shared a newly created GoFundMe page to help employees who are now unemployed.

“Thank you for the outpouring of love in the light of the fire that destroyed our store on Friday. We will rebuild. Insurance covers sticks and bricks. However, it does not cover the loss of income for our amazing crew for the months and months we will be closed. Please consider making a donation to complement all of our other efforts to sustain them during this devastating setback,” the company said.

No injuries were reported in the fire.

An official cause of the fire was not determined.

Jim’s Steaks South St. celebrated its 46th anniversary earlier this month, having first opened its doors in 1976.

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