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Fire Rages Through Building In West Kensington, Market Frankford Line Service Disrupted

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- A raging fire burned through a building in West Kensington Tuesday morning.

Fire in West Kensington early Tuesday burns through a building near the Market Frankford Line. (Credit: CBS3)

The fire started around 5 a.m. at the Rainbow clothing store, a two-story building on Front Street, under SEPTA's Market-Frankford El tracks and next to the York-Dauphin Station.

Firefighters responding to the two-alarm fire were having hydrant problems and trouble getting water to the building, prompting water department officials to respond as well.

Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer says, "It was a commercial building. It's going to be difficult for us to get the total fire out."

About two hours later, the fire went to three-alarms. Around 8:30 a.m., fire crews declared the blaze under control.

Fortunately, no one was injured.

A neighbor, Larry Pekoe, says, "We work right over there. We can't get into work today."

Investigators are now trying to determine how the fire started.

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Rail service had been suspended much of the morning on the Market-Frankford Line between Huntingdon and Berks Stations. Normal service resumed around 10:30 a.m., but trains were not stopping at York-Dauphin Station.

SEPTA Bus Routes 3, 39 and 89 were being detoured as a result of the fire.

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The West Kensington fire, seen from I-95. (Credit: Mike Teiper/CBS3)
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