3 children and 1 man died in North Philly home fire

Three children and a man believed to be their father were killed early Sunday morning in a house fire in North Philadelphia, authorities said.

Heavy fire was visible from both floors of a two-story townhouse on the 3200 block of Hartville Street in the Kensington section of the city when firefighters arrived shortly after 2 a.m., according to the service. Philadelphia fire.

“Despite an aggressive interior attack by firefighters, four people did not survive; three of them were children,” the fire department said in a statement released Sunday morning. Their identities have not been revealed.

A woman jumped from an upstairs window wrapped in a blanket, said Jose Salas, who lives two houses away. Authorities said she was hospitalized. The nature of his injuries and his condition were not immediately available.

Salas said a mother, father and three school-age children moved into the house about seven years ago.

“He’s a good guy,” Salas said of the man killed in the fire, who he said was a mechanic and a hard worker who fixed the house. “He doesn’t bother anyone.”

He said the last time he saw the children they were riding bicycles.

The fire was brought under control at 2:28 a.m. The cause is being investigated by the Office of the Fire Marshal.

Causes of death will be determined by the Office of the Medical Examiner, authorities said.

More than 60 members responded to this fire, including firefighters, medics, chiefs and support staff.

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