Massive fire erupts in Center City Philadelphia near scenes of looting

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- A major fire broke out in Center City Philadelphia on Saturday night in an area that was hit by looters following a protest that turned violent.

There was no immediate word on whether the fire was directly related to the looting.

The fire broke out around 8 p.m. near 17th and Walnut streets.

Video from Chopper 6 showed flames and smoke erupting from the building.

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Chopper 6 over scene of massive fire at 17th and Walnut in Center City

The looting began after an afternoon of peaceful protests in Center City - over the death of George Floyd while he was in custody of Minneapolis police - turned increasingly violent.

Cars were overturned and several vehicles, including police cars, were set on fire.

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At least two police vehicles were set ablaze on Saturday in Philadelphia as hundreds gathered to protest the death of George Floyd.

Chopper 6 was overhead as several people skirmished with officers.

In all, more than a dozen officers were injured.

Meanwhile, more than a dozen people have been arrested.
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