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Fabric Row Fire Relief Fund launched

The Queen Village Neighbors Association launched a Fabric Row Fire Relief Fund to assist those displaced by Saturday's tragic fire at 4th and Fitzwater, which claimed the life of Fire Captain Michael Goodwin, ruined two businesses, and displaced renters upstairs. 
 
QVNA's Carla Puppin explained via email that the funds raised will be directed to the renters who lived in the apartments above Jack B. Fabrics and Urban Princess Boutique:
QVNA is working with SSHD to compile a list of all persons displaced by the fire.  The fund is intended first and foremost to help renters, most or all of whom we believe were uninsured, to get back on their feet.  We will likely try to divide the funds evenly, sort of a surrogate insurance payment.  We are assuming that businesses have insurance...We believe the number of affected residents is 12-15, but again, we are working with [South Street Headhouse District] and the Police and Fire Departments to verify.

So far the campaign has raised more than $3,500. [Click here to contribute.]

Depending on how much money is collected, QVNA may also contribute funds to the family of the fallen firefighter. The International Association of Firefighters and the Philadelphia Fire Department are expected to assist Captain Goodwin's family. Contributions in Captain Goodwin's memory may be made to the Firefighter's Widow's Fund (c/o Local 22, 415 N. 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123).

QVNA also plans to host a fundraiser event with Councilmembers Jim Kenney - the son of a firefighter - and Mark Squilla.


Here's what the aftermath of the fire looked like on Monday:

    • Mayor Nutter observing the scene of the Fabric Row fire. / Monday, April 8
      Mayor Nutter observing the scene of the Fabric Row fire. / Monday, April 8
    • The collapsed rear of Jack B. Fabrics as crews began clearing rubble. / Monday, April 8.
      The collapsed rear of Jack B. Fabrics as crews began clearing rubble. / Monday, April 8.
    • Jack B. Fabrics storefront on Monday, April 8.
      Jack B. Fabrics storefront on Monday, April 8.
    • Jack B. Fabrics after the fire. / Monday, April 8.
      Jack B. Fabrics after the fire. / Monday, April 8.
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Ashley Hahn, Editor, Eyes on the Street

Ashley writes and edits Eyes on the Street. She has a special interest in preservation, neighborhoods, and all things public – from policy to art. Ashley holds masters degrees in City and Regional Planning and Historic Preservation from PennDesign.

Ashley has lived in 12 zip codes that she can think of, including neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, New York and Philadelphia. She is proud to call 19147 home. 

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