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51-year old, Lieutenant Sean Williamson, a 27-year veteran of the Philadelphia Fire Department (PFD), was killed after being trapped inside of a building that caught fire and collapsed, early this morning in the Fairhill section of North Philadelphia. A report from 6 ABC Action News said, Williams and other members of Ladder 18, were called to respond to a fire on the 300 Block of West Indiana Avenue, at around 2 a.m. on Saturday morning.
The fire reportedly broke out at a three-story restaurant/residential building. Firefighters managed to contain the fire, and then eventually put it out. The fire was completely out, when the building suddenly collapsed at 3:24 a.m. Officials declared a 2nd-alarm after the collapse, according to the report. The collapse wasn’t reported “under control” until around 7:15 a.m.
Four firefighters, a License Inspector, and Lieutenant Williamson, were all inside of the building at the time of the collapse. One firefighter reportedly jumped from the second floor of the rubble after the collapse. The others were pulled out of the rubble at various times, after the collapse. Two of the firefighters and the L&I Inspector, were examined at Temple University hospital and released. Two firefighters were at the same hospital, and last reported to be in critical but stable condition.