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Seven Killed in Philadelphia Fire

April 13, 2001

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Seven people were killed Friday in a fire at a group home for the physically and mentally disabled, according to fire officials and a neighbor.

The row-house fire in north Philadelphia was reported about 6:40 a.m. and was under control by 7 a.m., according to a dispatcher. Fire officials at the scene said an 8-year-old girl was taken to a hospital with burns.

A neighbor, Dorothy Singletary, said the building on Indiana Avenue was known in the neighborhood as the ``Indiana House″ and was home to the mentally and physically disabled.

``We’re very saddened by it because they are like family,″ Singletary said. ``We see them every day and talk to them. The whole neighborhood is saddened.″

Singletary said she was awakened by sirens and looked outside to see smoke coming from the home and a young man jumping from one of the windows.

A fire official said fire marshals were at the scene trying to determine what caused the blaze.

No other information was immediately available.

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