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Philadelphia Firefighter Killed by building collapse – Footage Viral

We send our Deepest Sympathy to our sisters and brothers in the Philadelphia Fire Dept. and to the family of Lieutenant Sean Williamson who made the supreme sacrafice today in an early morning blaze.

PHILADELPHIA — It is with great sadness that the Philadelphia Fire Department announces the loss of one of its own along with injuries to five City of Philadelphia employees—four firefighters and one employee of the Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I).

Lieutenant Sean Williamson, 51, was killed in the line of duty while operating at this morning’s fire at 300 W. Indiana Avenue in the city’s Fairhill section. Lt. Williamson was a 27-year veteran of the Fire Department, most recently assigned to Ladder 18 located in the Hunting Park section of the city. Lt. Williamson leaves behind his mother and son.

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The fallen firefighter was not immediately identified, but Deputy Fire Commissioner Craig Murphy said he was a 27-year department veteran. “It’s going to be a rough few weeks coming up,” Murphy said at a media briefing around 8 a.m.

A building caught fire and later collapsed in Philadelphia, killing one firefighter and injuring five other people, two critically, after all became trapped early Saturday, authorities said.

Philadelphia Firefighter Killed by building collapse – Watch Video

The fire was reported just before 2 a.m. Saturday in the building in north Philadelphia, eight occupants were safely evacuated and the fire had been declared under control, officials said. At 3:24 a.m., the building collapsed, Deputy Fire Commissioner Craig Murphy said.

Lt. Sean Williamson, 51, was pronounced dead at the scene after he and another firefighter were freed from the rubble hours after the collapse. Three other firefighters and an inspector with the city’s Department of Licenses and Inspections had been freed quickly. One firefighter jumped from the second story to avoid being caught in the collapse, Murphy said. Two firefighters were listed in critical but stable condition at Temple University Hospital while the other three victims were treated and released, officials said.

Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel told reporters Saturday evening that rescuers “were able to communicate with” Williamson and another firefighter for most of the several hours they remained trapped, but because of the degree of the collapse and where Williamson was located within the structure “we were not able to save him.”

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