4th of July Perot St. Fire
On Sunday, July 4th, 2004, a home in the 2400 block of Perot
St. caught fire. Here are some photos I took with my cell phone camera followed
by the story that was in the Daily News:
Roof fire damages seven houses
The street wasn't wide enough for rescue trucks. Firefighters stretched
hoses down the block.
By Susan Snyder
Inquirer Staff Writer
Just a few blocks from where thousands gathered to watch yesterday's parade
and fireworks, a fire broke out on a roof deck in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia,
damaging seven houses.
No one was injured in the fire, which started about 6:15 p.m. while neighbors
were having an outdoor block party in the 2400 block of Perot Street, a road
so narrow that fire trucks could not fit down it. Firefighters had to feed the
hoses down the block from the streets bordering both ends.
Four rowhouses in the 2400 block of Perot were affected, as were three houses
behind them on Meredith Street, Battalion Chief George Griffin said. At least
two of the houses sustained heavy damage, he said, including 2433 Perot St.,
where the fire is believed to have started.
Griffin said the cause was unknown. A propane tank appeared to have exploded,
but it was unclear what caused that explosion.
Neighbors said they were enjoying their sidewalk picnic when they saw thick
black smoke coming from the roof. One neighbor speculated that an errant firework
may have sparked the blaze.
Firefighters arrived quickly after the call, including members of Engine 13,
Ladder One, which the city has targeted for closing.
Dozens of neighbors and onlookers who gathered on the block to watch gave the
firefighters several rounds of applause as they gathered their gear to leave.
About 50 firefighters converged on the street after the call came in.
Denise Horan, a resident of Perot Street, said the crowd realized that the station
was scheduled to close and wanted to show their support.
"They did a great job," she said. "They were in here within seconds."
Griffin said such a display of appreciation is a rarity.