Icy scene in aftermath of 6-alarm blaze in Frankford

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The frigid temperatures caused an icy scene in the aftermath of a six-alarm fire that broke out Saturday morning. (WPVI)

Frigid temperatures caused an icy scene Sunday in the aftermath of a six-alarm fire that left three people hospitalized, including a firefighter, in the city's Frankford section.

The fire broke out around 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Joe's Auto Repair on the 4600 block of Griscom Street.

Gusting winds fanned the flames that spread to a half dozen buildings along Frankford Avenue, shutting down service on the L.

Crews battled the fire against freezing temperatures, making it more difficult to fight.

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Fire crews are still on the scene of a 6-alarm blaze that left three people hospitalized, including a firefighter, in the city's Frankford section.



"This is a challenge because of the cold and wind conditions, but the members have done a good job of trying to maintain safe operations," said Philadelphia Fire Department Commissioner Derrick Sawyer.

With temperatures in the teens, water encased anything it touched in a thick layer of ice.

"You'll see frozen lines, ice on the buildings so once you have water flowing in this type of temperature it freezes up quickly," said Sawyer.

A "Mayday" call was made for a firefighter suffering from exhaustion who needed to be rescued from inside the building.

He was taken to Temple University Hospital for minor injuries.

The fire was placed under control before 2:30 p.m., officials say.

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A stunning scene of fire and ice in Frankford as firefighters battled flames, and the bitter cold.



Two civilians, a woman and a juvenile, were taken to Einstein Medical Center for observation.

The owner of the auto body shop tells us his dog died in the fire.

Sandi Canales was home in a neighboring building when she smelled smoke.

"I opened the backyard door and I seen the flames in the other backyard, and smoke coming through the wall, the bricks on my side," said Canales.

She got out with her two dogs and cat who were helped by Red Paw Relief. The Red Cross is assisting the dozen people displaced by the fire, which took five hours to get under control.

With nothing but the clothes on her back, Canales now worries about what's next.

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A "Mayday" call was made for a firefighter on the scene of a 6-alarm commercial building blaze in Philadelphia's Frankford section.



"I'm nervous behind it. Now we have to relocate because we don't know how much damage is in our building," said Canales.

Fire and utility crews are expected to remain on the scene through the night.

Services on the Market-Frankford L aren't expected to resume until Sunday, officials say.

Meanwhile, shuttle buses are transporting riders.

So far, the cause of the fire has been determined.
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