5 hospitalized after fire breaks out in Wynnefield home

WYNNEFIELD (WPVI) -- Five people were rushed to the hospital this morning after their Wynnefield home caught fire overnight.

Action News was on the scene around 3 a.m. Saturday on the 2100 block of North 50th Street.

When we arrived we saw firefighters surrounding one of the victims.

Lifesaving work had begun.

As soon as medics could, they rushed him to Lankenau Hospital.

He is now in critical condition with serious burns and smoke inhalation.

Two other victims, ages 28 and 25, are in stable condition at Lankenau Hospital after suffering from smoke inhalation.

The fire department says those victims had to bust out the second story windows and jump in order to escape.

When they hit the ground, one victim hurt his back.

They were both rushed to Lankenau and are now listed in stable condition.
Next door neighbor Earnest Brunson says he woke up and tried to put it out using his hose, but it spread so quickly.

"I tried to get it out from the front. I got most of it, looked like under contained but the fire went throughout," he said.

Neighbors also say the homeowner owned a Gulf gas station right down the street, and all five men worked at that gas station.

Managers had no comment. But neighbors of the victims say they are all very kind.

"Nice guys. They've been living in this house for some years now, I mean its good people," said Mike Burroughs of Wynnefield.

"They are, they are really nice guys," added Bernie Hines of Wynnefield.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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