Firefighter dies battling blaze in south Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Officials said a Philadelphia firefighter died after part of a roof collapsed during a blaze he was battling.
Amy Daly, a nursing supervisor at Jefferson University Hospitals, confirmed the death to The Associated Press on Saturday evening.
Officials told the Philadelphia Inquirer that a second firefighter was injured while trying to rescue his colleague.
Officials said the fire burned a fabric store, upstairs apartments and a store next door in the city's Fabric Row section in south Philadelphia.
The dead firefighter's name was not immediately released, but other firefighters said he held the rank of captain in a ladder company.
The owners of the boutique that burned said everyone in the buildings when the fire broke out managed to get out safely.
The cause wasn't immediately known.
Meanwhile, authorities in Mahanoy City said an early morning fire in an apartment building claimed the lives of a couple and sent another person to the hospital.
Fire officials in Schuylkill County said the blaze in the three-story building in Mahanoy City was reported just before 2 a.m. Saturday.
Deputy Coroner David Truskowsky said 60-year-old Adele Seabra was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officials said 69-year-old Morris Seabra was rescued from the second floor and treated at the scene but was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at a Pottsville-area hospital.
Another man was flown to a hospital but his condition was not immediately available.
The cause of that fire remains under investigation.n