NAYZE MEDIA (STAFF)
PHILADELPHIA, P.A. (SOUTH PHILLY)
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A fire at the popular South Philly cheesesteak joint, Jim’s Steaks, caused heavy damage to the establishment, during a blazing fire that took firefighters over four hours to get under control. A report from 6 ABC Action News said the fire was first reported at around 9:15 a.m. on Friday morning on the 400 block of South Street.
As the blaze continued to escalate throughout the morning, the fire was upgraded to two alarms. More firefighting crews were immediately called in to assist with the blaze.
Firefighters said the reason for the difficulties in extinguishing the blaze was the fact that the fire was moving through the heating and air conditioning system. The fire was not declared under control until sometime shortly after 1:30 p.m. The fire department reported that more than 125 personnel responded to the scene, along with at least 60 vehicles.
One employee said that she knew “something was not right from the moment she opened up the shop” on Friday morning.
“I started smelling something. It smelled electrical, you know you can smell that. So I’m like, ‘something’s not right.’ We looked up and saw smoke coming down from where the walk-in is and it was smoke pouring down”, said Christina Lawler who was in the building when the shop was preparing to open up for the day.
The Fire Department said they were still investigating the cause of the fire.