Child playing with lighter may have sparked deadly fire in Philadelphia’s Fairmount section: DA

Child playing with lighter may have sparked deadly fire in Philadelphia’s Fairmount section: DA


A child playing with a cigarette lighter near a Christmas tree may have sparked the deadly Philadelphia fire that killed at least a dozen people — including eight children.

An application for a warrant filed Wednesday cites “information that a child age 5 or under was playing with a lighter and lit the tree on fire,” the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

The Wednesday-morning blaze swept through the Fairmount rowhouses, with the victims believed to include two mothers and their children, the Inquirer said.

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The scene of the apartment building fire that killed at least 12 people on Jan. 5, 2022, in Philadelphia.AP Photo/Matt Rourke Investigators at the building on Jan. 6, 2022. AP Photo/Matt Rourke

In all, eight children and four adults were killed, while two

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