After Jan. Fire, Philly Residents Still Concerned Over Home - FOX 35 News Orlando

After Jan. Fire, Philly Residents Still Concerned Over Safety Of Burned Out Home

Posted: Updated:
The charred ruins of a home at 2815 Normandy are still seen after a January fire. The charred ruins of a home at 2815 Normandy are still seen after a January fire.
PHILADELPHIA -

FOX 29 is working to get results for residents of a Northeast Philadelphia neighborhood who say an eyesore home has become even more dangerous since a January fire.

The 2800 block of Normandy Drive in the city's Normandy section is home to lots of families with young children.

And that makes the charred ruins at 2815 Normandy an accident waiting to happen.

"I was a small kid once myself, and you're curious," says John Wisniewski, president of the Normandy Civic Association to FOX 29's Bruce Gordon. "You know, you want to see what happened."

"What happened" was a January 24 fire that gutted the house.

City records show the owner as Jorge Oyola, Jr. FOX 29 could not find a current local address or phone number for Oyola.

The home had been vacant for many months at the time of the fire, and had become a magnet for curious kids, so the fire came as no surprise.

But nearly two months after the flames were extinguished, the mess left behind—broken glass, melted siding and nails everywhere—is exactly as it was.

"No boards. Not even a fence around it, to keep people away," says Lisa ripper, a mother of three who lives just down the block. "It's horrible."

Ripper says 2815 Normandy is actually in worse shape since the fire.

"Kids have (sprayed) graffiti on the side of it. Every time you go by, there's siding that has come down or there's stuff on the lawn."

Gordon called the Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections to see what could be done to safeguard the property while the owner is located.

An L & I spokeswoman says the city considers the home "imminently dangerous" and plans to demolish the gutted structure by April 30.

But because it's not considered dangerous in the sense that it could collapse onto another building—like a row house— the home will not be sealed up or fenced off until it's knocked down.

Until then, neighbors will be forced to hold their breath, hoping nobody gets hurt wandering inside.

"Our concerns," say Wisniewski, "are that people will venture in-- young kids-- just to see what it looks like, and something happening once they're inside."

  • Send Email To FOX 29 News

    Have problems? Tell us.

    FOX 29 News is #GettingResults.

    * denotes required fields
    We're sorry, but only one entry is allowed per person.
    Thank you for your continued interest.

    Thanks for contacting FOX 29 News!

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Man Dies Following Parachute Jump In South Jersey

    Man Dies Following Parachute Jump In South Jersey

    Monday, April 21 2014 7:19 AM EDT2014-04-21 11:19:43 GMT
    A parachute jump goes terribly wrong in South Jersey. A skydiver dies after what police describe as a problem with his wingsuit.
    A parachute jump goes terribly wrong in South Jersey. A skydiver dies after what police describe as a problem with his wingsuit.
  • Student Sexually Assaulted At West Chester University

    Student Sexually Assaulted At West Chester University

    Student Sexually Assaulted At West Chester University

    Monday, April 21 2014 7:18 AM EDT2014-04-21 11:18:39 GMT
    Students and parents are on edge after a sexual assault was reported to the University Department of Public Safety on Saturday, April 19th at 2:28 a.m.According to campus police, the assault occurred in a residence on campus. Police say the victim did not know the attacker."It's kind of scary because obviously it shouldn't be happening," student Kate Luff said. "There's security guards so I mean they had to have gotten signed in or lived in the building."Other studentsare just as shocked."Tha...
    Students and parents are on edge after a sexual assault was reported to the University Department of Public Safety on Saturday, April 19th at 2:28 a.m.According to campus police, the assault occurred in a residence on campus. Police say the victim did not know the attacker."It's kind of scary because obviously it shouldn't be happening," student Kate Luff said. "There's security guards so I mean they had to have gotten signed in or lived in the building."Other studentsare just as shocked."Tha...
  • One Year After Marathon Bombings, Runners Return To Boston

    One Year After Marathon Bombings, Runners Return To Boston

    Monday, April 21 2014 7:01 AM EDT2014-04-21 11:01:22 GMT
    One year after the explosions, 36,000 runners return to Boston. See how the city is securing the site.
    One year after the explosions, 36,000 runners return to Boston. See how the city is securing the site.
Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices