Interfaith service for firefighters who died in Kensington blaze

    An interfaith service held today will honor the two Philadelphia firefighters who died battling a Kensington blaze in April.

    Lt. Robert Neary and firefighter Daniel Sweeney were part of the crew fighting a multi-alarm fire at a vacant warehouse when part of the building collapsed.

    An investigation is now underway to determine the safety of the building before its collapse, and Local 22, the firefighters union, has accused the department of failing to follow proper procedure to prevent the deaths.


    Bishop Timothy Senior will preside over today’s service at the Chapel of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. The ceremony was organized by the city’s religious leaders, Ayers and Mayor Michael Nutter.

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