Building Partially Collapses in Chinatown Fire

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by Sam Nabi via Wikimedia Creative Commons

Smoke from a fire in Chinatown could be seen all over Philadelphia early Tuesday morning.

The fire began around 2 a.m. Tuesday at 10th and Race streets, ABC 6 reports.

Residents from at least five apartments were forced to evacuate, NBC 10 Philadelphia reports.

“We didn’t know what was going on,” resident Kathy Nguyen told CBS Philadelphia. “We went in the back and that’s where we see all the flames coming, we just don’t know where it’s coming from.”

Firefighters from a fire station located on the same block arrived on the scene within minutes. They were forced to pull back when the building on fire partially collapsed, CBS Philadelphia reports. Flames could still be seen at 5 a.m.

The fire was considered contained around 6:15 a.m., ABC 6 reports. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, and it is unclear how many residents were displaced.

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