PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – 12 people have been killed in a massive fire at the Fairmount, killing many. Eyewitnesses caught Mayor Jim Kenney looking up at the sky after he was told by firefighters about the severity of the damage caused by the fire.
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Support is very important during and after these tragedies. One group is making sure they are front and center for firefighters.
You may not always see them, but they are always at fire scenes. They call themselves the Philadelphia 2nd Alarmer. The rest and the rehab unit were right next to firefighters as they battled the deadly Fairmont fire on North 23rd Street on Wednesday.
“Yesterday was the magnitude of a tragedy,” said Gregory Massey, head of the Philadelphia 2nd Alarmers. “Yesterday there was sadness on everyone’s face.”
Masi says he offered food and drink to firefighters during the extensive firefight. He says it is one that has inflicted harm not only on firefighters but also mentally.
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“What he was trained for, he gave it a legitimate effort. It didn’t have to be,” said Masi, “and it wasn’t because of lack of effort. He really tried his best and for him, it affects him physically and mentally as he felt he should have done more. ,
As the investigation continues and the city revolves around the victims’ families, the damage hit even closer to home for many firefighters.
“No fire is good, but when there is a loss of life and your children are involved, many of these respondents also have children and when they go home and see their children, they say, ‘Wow, my kids are safe tonight, but look what happened,’ said Maisie.
Masi also says that he saw the city coming together in times of tragedy. He says businesses and restaurants offered endless food to help the affected and frontline.
“They’re on the front lines and they’re not robots, they’re not machines,” Masi said. “They’re human beings like you and me, and it affects them. It’s something that’s going to be with them for many, many months or more.”
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Other Alarmers celebrated their 100th anniversary in October and say they are always on the lookout for volunteers.