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2 children die in predawn 2-alarm house fire in Upper Darby

Two children were killed in a predawn house fire Tuesday in the 300 block of Margate Road in Upper Darby Township.
Crews were dispatched shortly 4 a.m. after multiple 911 calls from neighbors for a building fire with entrapment.
En route crews were told, “Police are advising kids are trapped inside.” And, that the children were in a middle room on the second floor.
Emergency radio traffic showed police raced to the scene and began evacuating houses on both sides of the fire building, requesting one stretcher during those operations.
Streets in the vicinity were blocked off during the firefighting and remain blocked off.
Firefighters arriving on scene confirmed heavy fire and smoke from the first floor from a middle-of-the-row two-story home. A second alarm was soon struck. The bulk of the flames were declared “knocked down” within 10 minutes, according to radio traffic.
Police found the mother, who had jumped out of a window to escape the flames, and she told them there were two children still inside, according to radio traffic.
The fire was declared under control at 4:27 a.m.
The fire and police fire departments have yet to officially release any information about the fire electronically except for a social media appeal to residents to have working smoke detectors installed.
This is a developing story.
Source: Morningcall

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