Philadelphia defends response to fatal fire

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia fire officials are defending their response time to a porch fire that killed four young children as it spread down a block of row homes.

Leaders of the local Liberian community say they can't understand how the fire spread to 10 homes when there's a fire station around the corner.

Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer says an engine truck from that station was out on a car fire, but arrived about seven minutes after the first 911 call.

Neighbors say it still took several more minutes for firefighters to get any water flowing to attack the blaze.

Some recall a 2008 fire nearby that killed seven people, including several Liberians.

The Rev. Adolphus Capehart calls the latest fire deaths "pathetic," and says he'll demand more answers from the city.

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