Man dies during fire in North Philadelphia rowhouse with illegal electric, fire officials say

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Philadelphia fire officials said a man died in a fire at a row home that had an illegal electrical connection.

The fire occurred around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday at the 2600 block of N. 16 Street, which is near the intersection of W. Lehigh Avenue and N. Broad Street in North Philadelphia.

Deputy Fire Chief Charles Walker said crews initially had difficulty getting inside due to objects outside the property, such as wooden pallets and empty barrels.

“There was a lot of furniture outside and various other items along the property. You will see pallets and various other items collected outside the property. Gives you an idea of ​​what kind of things we encountered inside too,” Walker said.

Firefighters arrived within minutes, had trouble getting inside, and then found a dead man on the second floor, according to Walker.

Officers are working to identify the victim.

Walker said although there were items inside, the property appears to be mostly vacant.

He also said it had an illegal power connection and that there was no electricity meter on the house.

Firefighters found no smoke detectors.

As the weather changes, officials said families should keep that in mind.

“It’s very important that people have smoke detectors in their properties, have an escape plan and all these different things that help you get out of the fire,” Walker said.

The fire department is now working to determine the cause of the fire.

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