PHILADELPHIA (January 22, 2019) – The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) is working with the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and partner agencies to provide support to residents displaced by a devastating fire overnight in the Germantown section of the city.
The fire started just before midnight along the 5700 block of Morris Street in a six-floor apartment building. EDS crews were on scene through the night providing food, comfort and care to firefighters and dozens of people impacted by the blaze. The building sustained heavy water and smoke damage, leaving as many as 40 individuals without a place to stay.
OEM established a welcome center and temporary shelter for displaced residents at Fels High School, located at 5500 Langdon Street, Philadelphia. EDS is working with partner agencies to support those residents during this difficult time. EDS is currently providing breakfast, lunch and dinner to evacuees.
The temporary shelter is expected to be in operation for a few days until the apartment building is deemed habitable. Impacted residents should inquire at Fels High School for more information on additional assistance they may need.
This comes as temperatures across the region plunged into the teens Monday night. EDS responded to five fires across the city overnight, providing support to firefighters battling dangerous ice and frigid weather as well as flames.
The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) provides basic needs and services to victims of disaster, while also assisting first-responders. Serving 1-2 million Americans in dozens of response efforts nationwide, EDS is often one of the first on the scene to aid emergency response efforts by providing food, shelter, clothing and spiritual comfort.