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Fire erupts at E. Mount Airy apt. building

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

An apartment building was evacuated during a fire on Tuesday afternoon in the East Mount Airy section of Philadelphia.

The fire broke out around 1:30 p.m. in the 800 block of East Vernon Road near Stenton Avenue.

Firefighters say they arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the second floor of the three-story building.

A second alarm was struck a few minutes later as the building was evacuated.

The view from Chopper 6 HD showed smoke billowing from the complex as firefighters battled the flames.

There was no word on how this fire started.

The American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania is assisting 5 families, 8 people (including 3 children) following the apartment fire. 4 of the families will be staying at Red Cross House.

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