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UPDATE: Investigators seek cause of deadly row house fire

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Fire officials are investigating the cause of a blaze that raced through a block of row homes in Philadelphia, killing three 4-year-olds and a baby.

Investigators planned to return to the scene Sunday, a day after the fire engulfed at least 10 homes.

Among the dead are 4-year-old twins, Maria and Marialla Bowah. Their father, Pennoh Davis, tells WPVI-TV that they loved Sunday school and music.

Four-year-old Patrick Sanyeah and 1-month-old Taj Jacque also died in the blaze.

The twins' mother and three of their sisters escaped the fire through a second-floor window and were taken to a hospital.

A neighbor, Jeff Boone, tells The Philadelphia Inquirer that he saw a couch on fire on a porch and says the flames jumped across the row of houses.



Previous Story:
Authorities say a fast-moving rowhouse fire in southwest Philadelphia has killed four children and burned through a number of homes.

Fire department officials say there is no immediate word on how many others were injured in blaze that destroyed eight rowhomes and engulfed a total of 10 houses.

Authorities tell The Associated Press the fire started shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday, and was brought under control by about 4 a.m. There is no immediate word on what caused the fire.

Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer calls the incident a "tragic day."

Sawyer says, "This is a tragic, tragic day for the city of Philadelphia. We lost four children today."


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