Fire at the legendary Jim’s Steaks on South Street is under control after more than 4 hours
Pretty tragic news coming out of South Philadelphia earlier this afternoon with the iconic Jim’s Steaks on South Street going up in flames.
Smoke poured out of the building all morning and into the early afternoon. Thankfully, the Philadelphia fire Department declared that everything was under control around 1:35pm.
Jim’s Steaks South St. just celebrated its 46th year earlier this month after opening their doors for the first time in 1976. If you want any indication as to how legendary Jim’s Steaks has become, it’s literally trending on Twitter and several national publications have picked up the story.
About 125 firefighters, medics, chiefs, and support personnel responded to the scene, along with nearly 60 vehicles. Companies will remain there to douse hot spots left in the building.
“There are fire trucks almost at every block in the neighborhood,” South Philadelphia resident Nicole Wiegand said. “It seems like an all-hands on deck situation, which is kind of scary.”
“I feel really sad for our neighborhood. It’s like our little corner of the world can’t catch a break lately, and I just hope everyone continues to support all the businesses that are here as best as they can,” resident Nicole Krecicki said.
I’ve already seen it, and I don’t like it. Let’s save the “whats the best cheesesteak” debate for another day (or never again, ideally). It’s always a major bummer when you see any type of business have to deal with such a horrible situation. Hopefully the damage won’t be too severe and we can get Jim’s Steaks back up and running in the near future.
No injuries have been reported and as of now, there’s no official cause of the flames.