2 firefighters hospitalized in Pa. high-rise blaze

AP News
Posted: Mar 02, 2011 11:59 PM
2 firefighters hospitalized in Pa. high-rise blaze

A fire at a Philadelphia high-rise apartment building has left two firefighters hospitalized, one in serious condition.

Firefighters responded to the blaze at the 18-story Philadelphia Housing Authority building Wednesday morning and cleared scores of residents out. Smoke and flames poured from windows on the building's eighth floor before the fire was doused.

Firefighter Michael McGuire was hospitalized in critical but stable condition but later was upgraded to serious condition.

Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers says a second firefighter also was hospitalized. He says eight other firefighters and six residents were treated at hospitals and released.

The American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania helped about 150 residents.

Fire Marshal James Bonner says an extension cord that ignited appears to have started the blaze.