In the early morning hours on Monday, April 9, 2012 Philadelphia firefighters responded to a fire in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. There were heavy wind conditions at the time which rapidly caused the fire to spread quickly consuming a large warehouse and several other businesses and structures. Additional alarms were transmitted as conditions deteriorated and the inferno was out of control. At some point during the fire, a wall collapsed on several firefighters, who were operating in the area of a furniture store. The firefighters were trapped under the rubble. Firefighters, EMS and Rescue crews rushed to free their comrades. Despite their efforts, two comrades from Ladder 10 were killed in the collapse; Lieutenant Robert Neary and Firefighter Daniel Sweeney. Two additional firefighters were injured in the collapse; Firefighter Pat Nally, who is in critical but stable condition and Firefighter Francis Chaney, who is in stable condition. Another firefighter was able to free himself from the rubble, he was evaluated and released.
Prayers and thoughts are with Lieutenant Neary's and Firefighter Sweeney's families as well as with the entire Philadelphia Fire Department during this tragic time. Also wishing Firefighters Nally and Chaney a speedy recovery.