Fatal fire in N. Philly, huge blaze in Kensington

A 60-year-old man was killed when a one-alarm fire broke out inside a property on 17th Street near Allegheny Avenue about 8 p.m. yesterday. Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Everett Gillison said the victim was living in an illegal rooming house that didn't have working fire alarms. The cause of the blaze was unknown. No other injuries were reported.

More than 150 firefighters spent at least five hours last night battling a staggering five-alarm fire that raged inside an old Kensington warehouse.

Authorities said the fire started about 6:50 p.m. inside the five-story property, on Boston Street near Emerald. No injuries were reported, but a number of local residents were evacuated from their homes.

As of 11:45 p.m., Gillison said, the fire was still going strong. Authorities were worried that the building, which was recently used as a storage facility, might collapse from the inferno. The warehouse was once used to assemble building materials for doors and windows, Gillison added.