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Fire deadliest in recent history

Inquirer staff writer Larry King reports:

The fire that killed seven people, including three children, late Friday night on the 6400 block of Elmwood Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia, was the deadliest fire in recent history.

In February 2007, a young mother and her four children died in a West Philadelphia twin that burned.

Here is a list of other deadly fires in recent years that claimed multiple victims:

Thanksgiving 1997: Six children died on Beechwood Street. The mother of four of them was at a bar down the street; the other two children were cousins. The mother was convicted of negligence.

Oct. 9, 2004: A family of six died at 3256 N. Sixth St. The children ranged in age from 12 to 15 months.
June 12, 2005: Five children 5 years old and under died at 2870 Amber St. Their parents escaped.

Dec. 8, 2006: A woman and three of her children, ages 14, 8 and 4, were killed in a fire at 56th Street and Pentridge Avenue in Kingsessing.

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