Fire Department Chief: Paul J. Berardi
Multiple units were dispatched at 1927hrs on initial calls that indicated fire visible from the structure; additional units were dispatched as the incident escalated, with a full second alarm requested shortly after arrival.
Evacuation was ordered at 1952hrs. At approximately 2007hrs, a collapse was reported on the east side of the building.
The cause of the fatal fire is being investigated by local, state, and federal authorities.
Incident Location: 2608 Independence Avenue