House fire kills retired Philly officer

A fast-moving fire ripped through his home, killing the wheel-chair bound 70-year-old and hurting 3 firefighters, one critically


By Mike Newall
The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA — On North Fifth Street in Northern Liberties, Louis Bell was known by his nickname, "Joe" - a friendly retired police officer who enjoyed holiday barbecues, admiring his flower-filled front garden, and sitting on his steps swapping jokes and chitchat.

Whenever a neighbor suffered a loss in the family, Bell, 70, who used a wheelchair after falling ill a few years ago, would make sure to personally offer his condolences, residents said.

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