Firefighters were called to the 2200 block of North Colorado Street at 8:51 a.m. and found heavy fire on the first floor of the home, Fire Commissioner Adam K. Thiel said during a press conference.
Authorities say a person inside the home also died in the blaze.
Crews were able to bring the fire under control in a little more than an hour. "Our hearts are breaking, and we are without words".
Three Philadelphia firefighters were hurt Saturday battling a rowhouse fire in North Philadelphia when a portion of the home reportedly collapsed, trapping them inside, a department official said. Two other firefighters were also injured and were being treated at a hospital.More news: Hip surgery remains option as Murray drops out of Brisbane Int'l
The cause of the fire is under investigation. Today, tragically Lt Matt LeTourneau joins that host of heroes.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney issued an statement saying all City of Philadelphia flags will be flown at half-staff for 30 days.
At least one firefighter was injured and taken to Temple Hospital in stable condition, officials said. The 11-year-veteran was pronounced dead a short time later. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2015, and received a unit citation in 2010 and a letter of commendation for his service during the World Meeting of Families in 2015 the department said.
Funeral arrangements for Lt. LeTourneau have not yet been announced.