An aquatic center in Philadelphia was damaged in a major fire earlier this month that left at least one person hospitalized.
Philly.com reports that the facility caught fire on Monday, March 6, with firefighters alerted at 11:15 AM local time. The fire took place at the Aquatic Fitness Center and Aquahab Physical Thereapy building. The Philly.com report says one person was taken to a local hospital.
The facility was severely damaged, according to reports, and was closed until futher notice. Philly.com also collected a number of tweets and social media posts catching pictures and video of the fire. We’ve included a few below.
NBC Philadelphia reports that two people were suffering from smoke inhalation and that the fire was classified at four alarms. Swimmers were forced to run outside in their suits as the fire rapidly took hold of the structure. NBC’s report indicates that upwards of 40 people were in the facility during the time of the fire, including some working out in the basement. The exercise facility included an indoor, 50-meter pool.
150 firefighters fought back the blaze, according to the NBC story.
Crews battling 3-alarm fire in #NortheastPhiladelphia https://t.co/n23t0V2NCP
— CBS Philly (@CBSPhilly) March 6, 2017
#BREAKING – Crews battle two alarm fire in Northeast Philadelphia https://t.co/pQVredlGhA pic.twitter.com/YffjObnfB7
— FOX 29 (@FOX29philly) March 6, 2017
AFC Fire in NE Philly. See video below @6abc pic.twitter.com/HuPpKQOWGD
— Bob Brooks (@BobBrooks6abc) March 6, 2017