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Four children killed, 42 displaced in massive Philadelphia fire

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Aug 06 2014 08:54:53 AM CDT
Updated On: Jul 05 2014 09:04:03 AM CDT

Philadelphia fire

Philadelphia, Pa. -

Fire department officials say a fast-moving rowhouse fire in southwest Philadelphia has killed four children, burned through a number of homes and displaced more than 40 people.

Officials say the blaze engulfed at least 10 houses, destroying eight of the rowhomes.

There was no immediate word on other injuries or the cause of the fire.

Officials say the fire started shortly before 3 a.m. this morning, and was brought under control in about an hour.

Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer calls it ``a tragic, tragic day for the city of Philadelphia.

The Red Cross says 42 people have been displaced by the fire.