Neighbor helps rescue man from deadly house fire in West Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — One man is dead and two others are hospitalized after a fire broke out at a home on Thanksgiving morning in West Philadelphia.

Firefighters said it happened around 1:40 a.m. at the 4600 block of Walnut Street, near South 47th Street.

Officials believe the three victims are related; an uncle and two nephews, but it is unclear which of them died in the fire. Officials have not confirmed her age.

Neighbor Kevin Allen said he saw one of the victims hanging from power cords behind the house after the man appeared to have jumped out of a window.

Allen said the cord cut the man’s hand.

“I walked out the back drive and found one of the gentlemen hanging out the back window, somehow wrapped in a power cord or wire,” Allen said. “His hand was tangled. I got a ladder, pulled him out, picked him up and untied his hand. Called the fire brigade.”

Allen helped the man to safety.

Firefighters arrived shortly after Allen saved the first person.

Crews then saw a second person on the roof, grabbed ladders and were able to save him.

The third person who lived in the house did not come out alive, officials said.

Deputy Fire Chief Harry Bannan said the home had no working smoke detectors.

“The fire commissioner and all PFD staff, when we have something like this, we always emphasize the city’s requirement for smoke detectors and the need for you and your family to have working smoke detectors at all levels and practice an escape plan,” Banan said.

Bannan said every fire they work is sad, especially around the holidays.

“You don’t want to see it at any time of the year, but certainly not on the holidays. It’s always difficult for the firefighters and paramedics that intervene,” Bannan said.

The two survivors were taken to hospital with injuries including lacerations, burns and smoke inhalation.

The fire department is investigating the cause of the fire.

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