PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (WTXF) - Philadelphia Firefighters battle a two-alarm fire at a vacant 3-story church in Kensington.
Working against bitter cold temperatures, the Philadelphia Fire Department were called to the fire on Cornwall Street. The very cold weather made it difficult for crews to get the flames under control. A second alarm was called a little after 1 a.m.
Fire crews worked to contain the fire in the church, which is connected to a rectory and school. Officially, the church is vacant, though it is reported to be home for some homeless. 19 people were sent into the bitter cold because of the flames and smoke.
SEPTA sent a couple of off-duty buses to the scene to act as mobile warming centers.
The Philadelphia Fire Department was able to bring the fire under control and were working to spread salt in order to keep the frozen street from becoming too hazardous.