SOUTHWEST PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - Philadelphia firefighters work to extinguish a fire at a warehouse in Southwest Philadelphia.
Crews responded to the 1600 block of South 49th Street Sunday about 6:20 p.m. Video showed the building fully engulfed.
Firefighters battled the blaze, bringing it under control around 9 p.m. There were no reports of injuries.
The warehouse is home to a paper recycling plant. Bales of highly flammable paper products were inside. There are no adjacent buildings, so it's a matter of the Fire Department containing the fire to the one metal frame building.
Neighbors did have concerns about pollutants in the air. Philadelphia Fire Commissioner, Adam Thiel, explained, ”There’s industrial products they have in there to support the operation, but the Hazardous Materials Administrative Unit is here on the scene, as well as the Water Department. Air Monitoring is here, so we’re taking precautions, making sure we understand exactly what was inside the building.”
Amtrak reported no service disruption as a result of the fire. SEPTA stated the Route 36 trolley service was disrupted. Passengers were taking shuttle buses from 49th Street and Woodland Avenue to Island and Woodland Avenues.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
This fire is now at 3 alarms. Please avoid the area. https://t.co/eejg9Qo4YZ— Philadelphia Fire (@PhillyFireDept) December 24, 2018
Fire is under control at 49th Street & Grays Avenue.— Philadelphia Fire (@PhillyFireDept) December 24, 2018