- Associated Press - Monday, February 19, 2018

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - City officials say a fire at a building in Philadelphia’s Old City has left the structure “imminently dangerous” and it will eventually have to be demolished.

David Perri, commissioner of the Department of Licenses and Inspections, said after an inspection Monday that the property appeared to be a “total loss.”

The agency ordered the building’s owner to remove an exterior fire escape to take the weight off the building facade on the upper floors.

The city says “Eventually the building will have to be demolished” but officials hope to save “the historic cast-iron facade.” A neighboring building was declared unsafe but officials hope it can be repaired.

Scores were evacuated after the alarm shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remains unknown.

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