BREAKING: At Least 13 Dead, Including 7 Children, in Philadelphia Fire

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“This punches you in the gut.”

At least 13 people are dead including seven children after a fire tore through a row house in Philadelphia.

“It was terrible,” Deputy Fire Commissioner Craig Murphy said during a news conference. “I’ve been around for 35 years now, and this was probably one of the worst fires I’ve ever been to.”

The fire has been extinguished, but there is still an ongoing recovery effort, including a thorough investigation.

“This is without a doubt one of the most tragic days in our city’s history,” Mayor Jim Kenney said during the press conference. “Losing so many kids is just devastating.”

The fire started in the second story of a three-story row house, according to the department, around a kitchen.