ATF: 4-alarm Old City fire ruled arson

A 4-alarm fire in Old City that destroyed apartments and businesses has been ruled an arson, according to officials.

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The blaze broke out in the early morning hours of Feb. 18, 2018 on the 200 block of Chestnut Street.

239 Chestnut was declared "imminently dangerous" and was demolished. The blaze left more than 100 people homeless and killed a number of pets.

After a complete analysis of the information obtained through the fire scene examination, the collection of information and evidence from the scene as well as witness statements, ATF determined the fire to be incendiary in nature, officials announced Friday.

Anyone with any information about this crime should contact the ATF Philadelphia Field Office at (215) 446-7800 or 888-ATF-FIRE (1-888-283-3473). Tips can also be submitted anonymously using the Reportit® app, or by visiting, using the Philadelphia Field Division as the location.