Philadelphia officials identify firefighter, 5 others injured after building collapses in Fairhill – Greeley Tribune

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A Philadelphia firefighter was killed after a fire broke out at a pizza restaurant, trapping him and five others early Saturday morning. The city of Philadelphia identified the dead firefighter as 51-year-old Lieutenant Sean Williamson.

Deputy Fire Commissioner Craig Murphy said he was a 27-year veteran of the department. Williamson was recently assigned to Ladder 18 in the Hunting Park section of the city. He leaves behind a mother and a son.

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Police also identified four other firefighters and an L&I employee who were injured during the incident.

Firefighters Robert Brennan Jr. and Dennis Daly are in serious but stable condition. Both are at Temple University Hospital. Lieutenants Sylvester Burton and Clarence Johnson were both treated and released from Temple. Inspector Thomas Rybakowski was also treated and released. All five were rescued from the rubble.

The video below shows first responders saluting Williamson as his body was carried from the medical examiner’s office.

Murphy said the fire broke out in the building just before 2 a.m. Saturday. The fire was extinguished, but then the building, a pizzeria located at the intersection of West Indiana and North 3third The street collapsed at 3:24 am

Emergency teams were inspecting and checking hotspots when the building collapsed.

Resident Darlene Mumbauer watched from her apartment as firefighters broke into the building.

“It didn’t look like anything too serious, but I looked at all these trucks and they started to rattle off the windows to get in,” Mumbauer said.

He saw smoke but there was no fire. After controlling the fire, Mumbaur fell asleep.

“Then my niece comes down after about an hour. The whole building collapsed and I said what!? Mumbaur said.

The family of Maria Lopez was shaken by the collapse of the building.

“We heard like a bomb, real, real hard. We thought it was raining or a thunderstorm was coming but we didn’t pay any attention,” Lopez said.

It was only when he and the other neighbors came out that they realized the gravity of what had happened.

Several firefighters were present at the scene as rescue operations began and some were seen hugging or wiping tears from their eyes.

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Murphy said it’s going to be tough for several days.

“Keep praying for us. Keep praying for this man’s family and, you know, that’s all we can ask for,” he said. “We have the biggest fire department in America and our people do it. Line up every day.”

,mourning with the members of @PhillyFireDept and all @PhiladelfiaGov Those who lost their one in the line of duty today. We will continue to provide updates about this tragic event when we have it. Mayor Jim Kenney tweeted.

“The @PhillyPolice The department is heartbroken as we mourn the loss of our fallen @PhillyFireDept Brother. Our prayers are with all those affected by the loss of this heroic public servant, and thank you to our PFD colleagues for everything they do to keep our city safe,” said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw.

The Red Cross says two families were displaced by the collapse and will be moved to new housing.

The cause of the initial fire and the collapse is being investigated.

CBS3’s Alessia Reid and Brandon Goldner contributed to this story.

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