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Firefighters injured after battling N. Phila. fire

Two firefighters were in stable condition this morning after their ladder came into contact with live electrical wires at the scene of a blaze in North Philadelphia.

The firefighters, who were not identified, were removing debris from a rowhouse on the 2400 block of Norris Street when their ladder came in contact with a power line.

The fire was reported at 9:31 a.m., said Capt. William Dixon. White smoke was billowing from the old stone rowhouse as firefighters arrived three minutes later. The blaze was placed under control at 9:38, Dixon said.

Rodney Whetstone, 45,  said he saw one of the firefighters collapse as the ladder touched the line at about 10 a.m.

"It was a freak accident, they were too close to that wire," Whetstone said.

The injured firefighters were taken to Temple University Hospital for treatment.