Fire in West Philadelphia damages 8 homes

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — More than 20 residents were displaced and at least eight rowhomes were damaged after a massive fire in West Philadelphia Saturday afternoon.

Officials said it broke out shortly before noon along Walnut Street near 61st Street. It took firefighters about a half-hour to control.

Residents like Debbie Brown were grateful no one was hurt.

“I’m just feeling really thankful and the American Red Cross has been absolutely fabulous and encouraging and supportive but you know God is good,” she said. “That is the only thing I can say.”

The cause is under investigation.

KYW Newsradio’s John McDevitt and Antionette Lee contributed to this story.

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