Man, woman in critical condition after being rescued from West Kensington rowhome fire

The couple was unconscious and not breathing, but crews at the scene performed CPR and their breathing was restored.

Tuesday, January 10, 2023
Man, woman in critical condition after being rescued from rowhome fire
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Officials said a man and woman were found on the second floor of the home. They were both unconscious and not breathing.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- A couple was critically injured after becoming trapped inside a rowhome fire in Kensington on Monday morning.

The flames broke out around 7:15 a.m. along the 200 block of East Indiana Avenue.

Crews arrived to heavy fire coming from the first floor of the two-story rowhome. The victims' adult daughter who lives next door called 911.

"She met (the firefighters). Told them that her parents were inside. She used a key to open a security door, they then made forcible entry to the interior metal door to get entry to the property," said Philadelphia Assistant Fire Chief Harry Bannan.

Officials said the man and woman were found on the second floor of the home. They were both unconscious and not breathing.

"Neither of the adult male or adult female were breathing or had pulses at the time," Bannan says. "They were able to restore pulse and respiration to both those victims."

The man and the woman, who are in their 50s, were both taken to an area hospital where they are listed in critical condition.

There was no word on what started the fire.