Here is visual confirmation of that Penn Alert we all just got: Dozens of fire trucks are outside the main entrance to HUP. This ain’t no drill–we saw hoses wet and ready. Spruce Street is closed from 33rd to 38th, and 34st Street is closed between Walnut and Spruce. The DP has updates as they roll in.
This, Cosi's on Fi-iire
A higher power smote the creators of the Squagel
this morning. Fire crews responded to a blaze at the Cosi on 36th and Walnut, and the DP has pictures and details
Hill residents must know that the fire alarm went off for an actual reason this morning. A car parked near the corner of 33rd and Walnut was seen ablaze and has since been extinguished. Fortunately, no one seems to have been injured. After being let back in, Hillites were asked to keep their windows closed. People in the area have been saying they heard a loud boom, and no cause has been reported. Check back later at the DP for updates!
UTB originally thought this cloud, which floated ominously by campus yesterday afternoon, was colored powder from the Holi event on College Green.
But it just looked so SMOKE-y, and was definitely coming from the wrong direction, so while the PPD has confirmed they don’t have any records of a fire in the area, we’re waiting on other confirmation. Stay tuned as we keep you posted on this cloud’s real deal.
Penn Among Best Colleges For Free Speech
-- Das right. According to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), Penn made the cut
on the list of the seven best colleges for free speech in 2012, according to Huff Post.
As the only private university on the list, we definitely pay more to heckle our president than they do.
Possible Arson Reported In Harrison-- Harrison was evacuated last night at around 11:30 due to a fire on the 12th floor. Police arrived on scene to take samples and allegedly found a clump of flammable material that could have been used as kindling, indicating a potential arson. Yikes! Keep checking back as more information comes in.
Update: Turns out that the "arson" with traces of "kindling" was actually a "cigarette" that smoldered in a "trashcan."
Fire At American Apparel– A lightbulb short-circuited over a box of scarves and the store went up in flames! Employees say the blaze in under control now, but the 37th and Walnut store will be closed for the next few hours. This is where we'd make a joke about American Apparel being too cool for fire, but we're not that lame.
Because You Shouldn't Be In Van Pelt On The First Day Of Class
-- The library got evacuated about 20 minutes ago. Sources haven't seen a fire or anything but given Monday's events
, we're not surprised there's an abundance of caution.
There is currently a huge fire at the Windemere Court Apartments at 48th and Walnut, which is the source of all the smoke you may be seeing. We don’t have any information on the efforts to contain it (other than having seen quite a few fire trucks) but as of now we don’t think this poses a threat to campus. More pictures after the jump.
Update: Mayor Michael Nutter is on his way to the scene now. Sources say the fire appears to be getting worse as the sun goes down.
For more information, check the full DP coverage here.
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Somebody call 9–1–1! Shawty fire burning on the…36th Street! A little earlier this blustery evening, a car went a little crazy outside the Penn Bookstore and started spewing out flames and sparks. As you can see, firefighters quickly took care of the problem. We wonder, though – what caused the fire? Know what happened? Tell us in the comments!