Five-year-old in critical condition after fire rips through five houses in Nicetown

Five houses were damaged and three people were injured, including a child, in an early-morning fire in Nicetown.

The blaze broke out around 3:45 a.m. inside a home on the 200 block of West Albanus Street and quickly spread to five other homes on the block. A five-year-old child was rescued and rushed to Saint Christopher Hospital, where he is in critical condition with severe burns to his body.

A woman, 41, and a man, 56, were taken to Einstein Medical Center in stable condition. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

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