Rowhome fire kills 3, leaves 4th in hospital

An early morning fire that broke out just before 5am ended with three relatives dead.

Police say the victims were trapped inside an Overbrook rowhome when it caught fire.

First responders raced to the scene on the 5400 block of Diamond Street.

They say they found heavy flames shooting out the back and four people inside. They think the fire started on the first floor.

The victims were an 84-year-old man, a 70-year-old woman, and her 30-year-old son. They were trapped inside.

A 19-year-old man rushed to the hospital is the only one alive and that's because he jumped out a window and broke a leg. He's in stable condition.

Officials say the house did not have any smoke detectors.

Neighbors told FOX 29's Jennifer Joyce the woman was a community leader and involved in anti-violence events.

The fire was one of two deadly fires that crews battled on Sunday.

The Philadelphia Fire Department released the following statement Sunday afternoon:

"Despite the incredible efforts of our firefighters and paramedics, three people died this morning after a house fire on the 5400 block of Diamond Street and one person died at a fire scene on the 2100 block of W. Susquehanna Avenue.

While we don't yet know the causes of these deaths, the tragedies are an important reminder to take a few minutes to check your smoke alarms and review your home fire escape plans. If you need a smoke alarm, please call 311.

Members of the Fire Department plan to install smoke alarms and distribute fire prevention material tomorrow. Details to come.

Both fires remain under investigation by the Fire Marshal's Office."