Pennsylvania fire chief defends decision on aerial ladder in fatal high-rise apartment blaze

  • Source: The Citizens' Voice
  • Published: 12/07/2017 12:00 AM

Although three ladder trucks were present at the high-rise apartment building fire that killed two women Tuesday, the city fire chief says his decision not to deploy aerial ladder rescues for the building’s 150-some elderly residents was the right one. Chief Jay Delaney said the fact that the city’s aerial ladder truck was out of service played no part in the decision to have many of the residents of Lincoln Plaza shelter in place. Delaney said claims on social media that the city’s ladder truck had been out of service for several weeks were incorrect. He said the city’s truck was out of service for 48 hours because it was having an alternator replaced at the Department of Public Works.


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