Protests try to halt demolition of West Philly apartments

Protesters are fighting to keep a West Philadelphia apartment building standing. They want to save animals and belongings residents haven’t been able to retrieve since a fire.

Carrying signs begging that the kittens inside the Windermere Court apartments be saved, about two dozen protesters picketed to stop the demolition of the apartment complex devastated in a January fire.  Louise Alexander is the head of City Kitty Rescue.

“We know there are more animals in the building and besides that, tenants have valuables, belongs, things that cannot be replaced,” said Alexander.  “We’re here for both the tenants and their pets we think it’s disgusting the city hasn’t stepped into do something about this.  We think the lack of communication, the lack of rescue protocol for the animals is absolutely abhorrent.”

The owners of the building did not respond to repeated calls from WHYY.  The Fire Marshall’s office says it cannot determine the five alarm fire’s cause.

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