It took approximately 400 members of the Philadelphia Fire Department more than nine hours to gain control of the Old City fire that started early Sunday morning. The blaze escalated quickly and spread fast, gutting two apartment buildings and shutting down nearby businesses. More than 150 people were evacuated, and while no human injuries were sustained, at least 11 pets died. Authorities are still unsure of the cause of the catastrophe — although some residents reported hearing a "boom" sound before the alarm went off. Here's what we know (and what we don't) about this weekend's big fire.
Philly has a new professional sports team drawing crowds of excited fans — but so far, those fans can only watch games via livestream or on TV. The Philadelphia Fusion is a 12-member squad in the new national Overwatch League. The esports outfit is owned by Comcast Spectacor (the division of Comcast that owns the Flyers and the Wells Fargo Center), but as of now, it plays out of Burbank, California. Team members, none of whom are from Philadelphia, hope that changes soon. Said coach Yann Luu: "Philly has the best fans in all of sports."
Central Pa. native Emory Conrad Malick was an aviator in the early 1900s. At some point, he also lived and worked in Philadelphia. When Malick earned his pilot's license in 1912, he became the first African American to do so, according to the Northeast Times. He went on to become the first black pilot to get a Federal Airline Transport License. Despite his accomplishments, Malick's story is mostly unknown, but his great-niece is determined to change that.
It's been 50 years since the Electric Factory first opened at 22nd and Arch. That location closed for some time, but in the 1990s, promoter Larry Magid and other owners reopened the concert venue at Seventh and Callowhill, where it remains active to this day. In 2015, Billy Penn visited the 2,500-person hall for a backstage photo tour — where we found a plastic camel, a lifesize TARDIS police box, and a very trippy laundry room.
Amanda Feifer, a Philly resident well-known for her fermentation blog, Phickle, will lead an interactive class on kombucha. The fermented sweetened tea is surging in popularity, and Feifer will detail why so many people are drinking it to feel healthy. She'll show how easy it is to make at home, and sample three flavors. Di Bruno Bros. will provide light bites to go along. Space is limited.
Where: Independence LIVE at 1919 Market St.
When: February 20, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
How much: $15 (including Eventbrite fee)