PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A fire in a South Philadelphia rowhome has killed two children and sent four other people to the hospital. Fire crews were called to 30th and Dickinson in Grays Ferry at about 1:15 a.m. Saturday
“I couldn’t get to the kids. I couldn’t get to them at all,” Naukel Barnes said.
Neighbors are left heartbroken after two children were killed in a rowhome fire Saturday morning.
“It was sad because you can’t do anything. You’re thinking let me get the fire extinguisher, let me do something. It’s just hard because you can’t do anything,” Barnes said.
Barnes lives across the street from where the fire happened. She says she and her son tried to help, but the fire was too intense.
“My son had the mother in his arms, literally carrying her across the street to his house, sat her on the step next to me and then he went to see if he could go through the back and was like I’m going through the back and I ran with him and that’s when the flames just shot up and there was no way for us to get inside at all,” she said.
Fire officials say one of the children died at the house and the other died at the hospital.
Two other people had to be rescued from the fire and three others jumped out of second-floor windows to escape the flames.
“To know that you’re standing there and there’s people inside you know what I mean? Inside. There was nothing else we could do. Nothing,” Barnes said”
“When I heard that I just had to get up,” said family friend, Russell Bennett.
Bennett is a family friend and came to the scene to help drive displaced neighbors to a nearby hotel.
He says his grandchildren are friends with the children who were killed.
One child was rushed to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and three adults were taken to Penn Presbyterian Hospital.
Several people are listed in critical condition.
The Red Cross is on the scene helping those who displaced by the fire.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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