Philadelphia, PA

Tragic Philadelphia Fire Claims 13

Aron Solomon

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In what will go down as a tragic day in Philadelphia history, 13 people have been killed in a fire in the city’s Fairmount District. The fire was in two units, 18 people living in one, 8 in the other. Of the 13 dead, 7 were children

The location of the fire was the apartments owned by the Philadelphia Housing Authority on North 23rd Street at Ogden.

First reported by the city’s NBC News affiliate, the cause of the fire is not yet known, as this remains a developing story.

Philadelphia lawyer, Joseph M. Marrone, has decades of experience in premises liability law. Marrone, who represented plaintiffs in another one of the city’s great tragedies - the 2013 collapse of the Salvation Army building - advises that these disasters always shake the community but often have predictable root causes.

“When a forensic analysis is done of these tragedies, we often see known defects in the property, unresolved maintenance and safety issues deferred over far too many years, and irresponsibility by the property owners and sometimes the city. The end result is always this profound loss of lives.”

According to the local FOX News affiliate, officials are expected to provide a live update on the scene later this morning. As of 10:15, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and several top Philadelphia Police Department officials have arrived on the scene.

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Aron Solomon, JD, is the Chief Legal Analyst for Esquire Digital, who has taught entrepreneurship at McGill University and the University of Pennsylvania, and was elected to Fastcase 50, recognizing the top 50 legal innovators in the world.

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