6ABC anchor Jim Gardner pursued a big story Saturday night in Center City as he investigated why a fire alarm was going off at the Arts Condo (1324 Locust) where his daughter’s Bat Mitzvah reception took place.
"A burnt fuse on the 11th floor of the building tripped the fire alarm which provided some great sound effects,” Gardner recalled by email. “We almost had the firefighters light a candle in the candle lighting ceremony,” Gardner joked before adding, “Seriously, it was no big deal. There was no disruption of our party.”
Writer Laura Goldman of Naked Philadelphian was in the building at the time and snapped a photo of Gardner, with his old friend, retired Action News weatherman Dave Roberts, a Bat Mitzvah guest, and firemen.
The alarm included a spoken message “There is a fire. Please evacuate,” said Goldman, who is not related to Gardner (whose real last name is Goldman).