Kensington warehouse fire under control

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image wpvi"><span>WPVI</span></div><span class="caption-text">Chris Macan of Havertown sent this photo of the Kensington warehouse fire on January 20, 2008 to Action News.</span></div>
January 20, 2008 7:59:07 PM PST
Officials say a six-alarm fire at a furniture manufacturing plant in the Kensington section of Philadelphia is under control.Commissioner Ayers tells Action News that the fire reached 6 alarms before being brought under control. It took 3 hours and 2 minutes before firefighters were able to tame the flames.

8 surrounding homes were evacuated, displacing 18 residents. Those residents are either staying with Red Cross or relatives Sunday night. Several walls of the warehouse collapsed close to the homes, but none were damaged.

Ayers says wood and other flammable material in the warehouse made for a difficult fire fight. He says ember patrols were sent out to hose down roofs in the area because of high winds.

About 150 firefighters were dispatched to fight the blaze. No injuries have been reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

SEPTA has halted service of the Market-Frankford Line in the area.

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