ON THIS DATE MARCH 15-1993- found Philadelphia recovering from a snow storm that dumped 12 inches of snow on the city over the weekend. The temperature on this day at 4PM was 29 degrees with a 14 MPH wind blowing, the wind chill was 9 degrees. Shortley after 430PM, a passerby ran into Pipeline 20's station to report a building on fire at 10th & Race St. Pipeline 20 notified Fire Communications and ordered the box struck. At 4:41PM, Box- 442, 10th & Race was transmitted. Companies found heavy fire conditions in the basement of a 8 story L-shaped building located at 145-51 N. 10th St. Due to very heavy smoke conditions companies had a hard time getting to the seat of the fire. At 5:04PM, Deputy Chief James Smith, Deputy 1 ordered the 2nd Alarm, & at 5:21 the 3rd Alarm was struck. Deputy Commissioner Phil McLaughlin Car- 2 arrived on the fireground, and ordered the 4th alarm at 5:49PM, and 2 minutes later he struck the 5th alarm. At 5:58PM, he asked for the 6th alarm. The B Platoon came on duty at 6PM, and in stations around the city, the A platoon was held over. At 6:08PM, Car-2 struck the 7th alarm, followed by the 8th alarm at 6:22PM. Ladder companies had a difficult time setting up because of the ice and snow on the ground. Just to the east of the main fire building was the Bell Teltephone main switching center for 9-1-1 service at the Police Roundhouse. Fortunately, the Bell building was equipped with an exterior sprinkler system that protected it from the radient heat of the fire. Commissioner Harold Hairston placed this fire under control at 7:52PM.