Residents protest response to deadly Philly fire

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Hundreds of people have gathered outside a Philadelphia fire station to protest what they say was a delayed response to a weekend row house fire that killed four young children.

The protest happened Monday evening at a station near the scene of the fire, which destroyed eight homes.

Officer Christine O'Brien says police officers have been called to the fire station for protection. She says no arrests have been made.

The protesters claim firefighters didn't respond as fast as they could to the blaze, which erupted Saturday shortly before 3 a.m. Flames quickly spread from row house to row house.

Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer says that despite some lag time because the initial report had been for a rubbish fire, the first unit was on the scene within three minutes.

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