Video: Philadelphia Firefighters Battle Two 5 Alarm Fires in Two Days

Can Philadelphia afford to continue cutbacks in the fire department? Yeah, Philly doesn’t need firefighters. Hell, the City might as well continue to cut positions, brownout, and close stations. I don’t see any need in them….then again, check out these two 5 alarm fires within 24 hours of each other and ask yourself that question again. There were around 150 firefighters on scene of each of these fires… I doubt even this could open some of the council member’s eyes!

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5 Alarm Fire at a 4 Story Apartment Complex on Monday

Firefighters battle a blaze in an apartment building in Philadelphia, Monday, Jan. 10, 2011. Firefighters said the building had been evacuated safely and there were no reports of injuries. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) (Matt Rourke - AP)

Scores of firefighters battled a blaze in a four-story apartment complex on Monday but said the building had been evacuated safely and there were no reports of injuries.

Light smoke was reported in the four-story Windermere Court complex in West Philadelphia on Monday afternoon, and the fire quickly worsened, with flames shooting from the roof, Deputy Chief Willy Williams said. About 160 firefighters aided by 50 pieces of equipment were battling the blaze, Williams said.

Hoses poured water on the fire from several sides of the apartment complex, which has three large residential sections that are connected, as crews tried to keep the flames from spreading to nearby buildings, Williams said.

“Whenever you have gusting winds, always a chance embers will be spread,” he said. “The fire is coming up through the roof, so that is one of the concerns.”

Emergency crews had gone through the complex to get residents safely away from the fire, whose cause hadn’t been determined, Williams said.

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5 Alarm School Fire on Sunday

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A five-alarm fire that raged for more than an hour and a half early Sunday caused “substantial” damage to the 400-student Global Leadership Academy in West Philadelphia, Deputy Fire Chief Michael Wahl reported.

The cause of the fire, which started in the basement of the three-story building at 5151 Warren St., near 52d Street and Lancaster Avenue, is under investigation, Wahl said.

Naomi Johnson Booker, chief executive officer of the public charter school, said Sunday that classes might not resume for the rest of the week.

“Everything was lost in the fire,” Booker said. “There is not a pencil, not a book, not a crayon. And my teachers don’t have any instructional material, lesson plans.

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