• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

East Kensington's Buck Hosiery burned, two firefighters dead in 5-alarm blaze



A 5-alarm fire consumed the abandoned Thomas Buck Hosiery Factory at York and Jasper in East Kensington early this morning. Parts of the building collapsed during the blaze and nearby homes were evacuated as embers ignited smaller fires nearby. The fire was brought under control around 5:30am.

Barely a week ago, Hidden City Daily looked closer at the Buck complex’s current state of abandonment, excuse-making Brooklyn developers, and frustrated neighbors who try to care for the neglected property. The property had been vacant since Buck closed in the 1970s and the current owner-developers have shown no movement on years-old plans to convert the factory into live/work lofts.

Jeff Carpineta from East Kensington Neighbors Association was on Action News early this morning, noting that the city had been unresponsive to neighbors calls to 3-1-1 to deal with the building. (See video above.) But now, of course, the fire will prove costlier than sealing up the building and issuing violations.

Tragically, Action News is reporting that Engine 7, Ladder 10 lost two firefighters fighting the blaze. Three others are receiving treatment.

As the sun came up today it became clear that the Buck complex is gone.



[NOTE: Both videos from 6 ABC Action News. The first video is from 6:51am, the second is from 7:56am.]

About the author

Ashley Hahn, Contributor

Ashley Hahn is an independent writer with a background in historic preservation and city planning. She started Eyes on the Street for PlanPhilly in 2011 and was PlanPhilly's managing editor from 2015-2017. Ashley has lived in 12 zip codes that she can think of, including neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and New York. She is a Philadelphian by choice.

Contact Ashley via email or find her on twitter: @ashleyjhahn.


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