Investigators: Candle caused Philly apartment fire

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Posted: Nov 23, 2009 8:13 PM

Fire investigators in Philadelphia say a candle caused a weekend apartment fire that injured nearly 21 people, including four firefighters.

Officials said Monday that three of the injured residents are in critical condition. Some residents had jumped from the building to escape the flames after the fire broke out around 4:30 a.m. Sunday.

Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers says everyone in the building has been accounted for and that all the injured firefighters have been released from the hospital.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Fire investigators in Philadelphia are trying to determine what caused a weekend apartment fire that left nearly two dozen people hurt, including four firefighters.

Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers says the five-alarm fire at the Austin Manor Apartments in northeast Philadelphia injured 21 people early Sunday.

Officials say three of the injured residents are in critical condition. Some residents were jumping from the building to escape the flames.

Fire officials say the four injured firefighters have all been treated and released from the hospital. All of the residents have been accounted for.

The fire broke out around 4:30 a.m. and was declared under control in about two hours.

The fire marshal is still investigating the origin and cause of the fire.