The Philadelphia Fire Department says an incendiary device was used to intentionally ignite an apartment fire in Kensington that left one person dead and 5 others hospitalized, reports 6abc.com.
The investigation has now been handed over to the the Arson Taskforce, which includes members of the Philadelphia Police Homicide Unit, ATF agents, and the Fire Marshal.
Officials said the fire broke out at 6:15 a.m. Monday in a 3-story apartment building on Kensington Avenue near Willard Street.
As the fire advanced, residents looked for ways to escape from the building in the 3200 block of Kensington Avenue. Some crawled out windows to the back roof.
“I opened my door, black smoke came pouring in,” Pascuzzo said. “I shut it quick and climbed out the side window onto the roof.”
By the time firefighters arrived, three people had already jumped from the upper floors.
Firefighters rescued three people, including a young child.
Medics took one man to Temple University Hospital in critical condition, where he later died. He had jumped from a window and died from injuries sustained from the jump.
Rescuers also took one woman to Temple Hospital in critical condition, another woman was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital in critical condition, and a man was taken to Hahnemann in stable condition.
Two juveniles were taken to St. Christopher’s Hospital and they were said to be in stable condition.
One of the victims has been identified as 3-year-old Marilyn Rosado. Witnesses say the little girl was lowered out of an upper floor window.
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