PHILADELPHIA, PA. (THECOUNT) — Thirteen people, including seven children, were found dead after a fire broke out early Wednesday morning at a converted home in Philadelphia, according to officials.

Firefighters were dispatched just after 6:30 a.m. to a converted three-story row house that contained two apartments in the Fairmount neighborhood. They found flames shooting out of the second-floor windows, according to the Associated Press.


The fire was extinguished about an hour later.

Television station WPVI says at least two more people were injured, beyond the 13 confirmed dead.

“You just pray for all involved,” Police Spokesperson Eric McLaurin told the New York Times. “It’s a bad situation.”

While the ages of the people killed have not yet been released, neighbors told the ABC station that several kids lived in the rowhouse.

There were four smoke detectors in the home, but firefighters say none of them were working at the time.


Geo quick facts: Fairmount is home to renowned museums along Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Inspired by the Champs-Élysées, the boulevard attracts plenty of foot traffic to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Families enjoy the Philadelphia Zoo and tours of the spooky Eastern State Penitentiary museum, while young crowds fill Fairmount Avenue’s cafes and bistros. At night, lights from Boathouse Row create a spectacular view – wikipedia.