Apartment fire leaves father and 8-year-old son dead, 4-year-old critical in Delco

UPDATED: 3:45 p.m. 

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — An early morning fire at an apartment building in Delaware County leaves a father and son dead and a 4-year-old in critical condition.

Chester Fire Commissioner William Rigby says at about 2:45 a.m. Sunday crews responded to the two alarm fire along West 2nd Street, near Concord Avenue.

“We located and removed two children from the second floor,” he explained. “Firefighters removed them with ground ladders from the rear.”

Rigby says crews had to face obstacles right from the beginning of the fire.

“We had a tough time making entry,” he said. “Crews did a fantastic job getting in there and getting the victims removed.”

Ribgy says firefights located a man dead and two victims were transported to an area hosptial.

Those victim’s would later be identified as the man’s two children an 8-year-old boy and a 4-year-old. 

However, officials confirmed that the older of the two boys would later be pronounced dead a the hospital.

Neighbors, like Kathleen Fraim, say the are heartbroken to hear the tragic news and had nothing but nice things to say about the family.

“Loving, sweet, adorable, everything in the world you can ask for in a child,” Fraim explained. “Never had problems with them.”

Neighbors told CBS3 the children’s father was well-liked and was always helping out around the block.

Officials are still working to determine what caused the fire. 

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