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Philadelphia fire kills 4 kids, engulfs 10 houses

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Officials say fire raced through a row of two-story homes in Philadelphia, killing 4-year-old twin girls, a 4-year-old boy and a baby and engulfing at least 10 houses.

The twin's mother, 41-year-old Dewen Bowah, told police she was in the home with seven children early Saturday and managed to get three out when the fire broke out. But she couldn't save her daughters, Maria and Marialla Bowah, or 1-month-old Taj Jacque and 4-year-old Patrick Sanyeah. The boys' mother wasn't in the home at the time.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation, but witnesses say it may have begun on a couch on the porch

The Red Cross said 42 people were displaced by the fire.

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randy822 July 05 2014 at 7:23 PM

Let's all lift up the parents in prayer.

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donahuepapad123 July 05 2014 at 6:59 PM

FIREWALLS and people being more responsible with safty ??? smoke detectors , alarms , rope ladders , checking your own plugs ? teaching your kids an escape plan , be an active part of prevention , so you have a chance .......

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bigshadyobama July 05 2014 at 10:42 PM


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'57mad bigshadyobama July 06 2014 at 10:27 AM

more like the city and a developer got to- gether to clear the neighborhood ......and level it in order to develop it. while making it look like a accidental fire................the same way columbus did a whole side of our city while pushing out the poor/working poor and then taking over their property and building their utopian society on top of their graves............

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Kate July 05 2014 at 7:27 PM

Oh my god. I am so sorry for everyone involved, and that is horrible about the children.

My condolences to everyone.

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fox12ga July 05 2014 at 7:12 PM

It couldn't be resident terrorist by any chance You know the ones obama is spreading through out the US

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NEVA SHALOM July 05 2014 at 7:23 PM

Anyone know if there has been a fund set up yet ???? , especially for the burial of those precious children , I also need an address to send donations to ease the tragedy . I am 72 yrs old and not very familiar with the net or my new notebook . Please help me help the people in Philly by sending me a E-Mail with requested information to >>> Ladievol@aol.com Let us all take a moment of silence / prayer, as we are reading , my tears cannot wash away the pain they all are feeling , especially the Mother of those babies. God Bless them all , and may I say "THANK YOU" for these" , so very hard tasks the 911 web perform 24/ 7 ! May He bless the firemen , police & all those involved , as you are as well , the reader of my humble request .My heart is so very sad ; (( ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Thank you everyone so much & am sending my love through Jesus Christ
Your friend ... Angelica .........

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Joy July 05 2014 at 7:18 PM

This is so sad, I pray for the families who have lost so much.

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rickcarufel July 05 2014 at 7:00 PM

The last time Philly had a fire like this it was started by the police firebombing a suspect's apartment from a helicopter. That too killed children but as usual the police got away with murder.

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whiteoak July 05 2014 at 6:43 PM

sorry for those who lost loved ones,,this is a way of life in the big citys,,rrow house growing old and without todays fire walls

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dccb3 July 05 2014 at 6:30 PM

keep making cuts to the fire department and police department, nutter. and keep closing those fire houses.

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whiteoak dccb3 July 05 2014 at 6:45 PM

more firemenwont stop this type of fire from spreading.....firewall would . these homes are old and the wood is very dry

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