Philadelphia Apartment Fire Displaces More Than 100 People

Approximately 130 people were forced out of a burning Philadelphia (PA) apartment building late Sunday night.

WPVI Action News reported that ( the fire broke out around 11:00 p.m. in an apartment building on the west side of the city.

Investigators say a cat became trapped in a basement transformer, causing it to short circuit. This caused the fire and knocked out power to the complex.

It took firefighters about 45 minutes to control the fire. There were no reported injuries.

Power was restored to two of three buildings in the complex, but more than 100 people were left without power.

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For more information on firefighting concerns in related scenarios, consider Get Upstairs and Open Up!, Apparatus Positioning At Multiple Dwelling Fires, Hose stretches in multiple-dwelling fires, and Multiple Rescues in Multiple-Dwelling Fire.

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