Firefighters get two-alarm blaze in Chestnut Hill under control

No injuries were reported in a two-alarm fire that torched a Chestnut Hill landmark early Tuesday morning. 

Firefighters from the Philadelphia Fire Department were called to a multipurpose building on the 8400 block of Germantown Avenue around 3 a.m.

The building housed businesses in the bottom level and apartments on the top floor, according to officials. 

Firefighters spent hours dousing the blaze that reached two-alarms and finally placed the fire under control at around 6 a.m.


No one was injured, according to officials, but at least one woman who lived in an upstairs apartment was displaced. 

FOX 29's Hank Flynn reports that the woman received assistance from the Red Cross and is staying with a friend. 

Philadelphia's Department of License and Inspection later deemed the building unsafe, leaving business owners to wonder when they can get back inside. 

"They're doing a great job, but they are concerned about the structure," said Cynthia Fillmore, the owner of Windfall Gallery. "The weight of the water, they are concerned that there could be a collapse."

Investigators have not said how the fire started.