PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It was a dark day in Philadelphia on Wednesday as one of the deadliest fires in the city’s history ripped through Rohome. At least 12 people died, including eight children.
We are getting to know about the people who died in the fire.
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The families of the victims are shocked by the death of a dozen people. He says that many of the victims were family members.
From above, Chopper 3 intercepted a procession of police vehicles that carried the victims’ bodies from North 23rd Street to the medical examiner’s office.
On Wednesday night, neighbors held candles and flowers at the corner of 23rd and Parish Streets in Fairmount in honor of the 12 people killed.
Kadira Purifoy said, “Losing sisters, I never thought it would happen.”
Purifoy says that many of those killed in the fire were members of his family.
“Sisters, nieces and nephews,” said Purifoy.
Four of his nieces and nephews died. This picture of children is from a few years ago.
“No fire alarm was working so I think it could have been avoided,” Purifoy said.
She also lost two sisters – 30-year-old Virginia Thomas and 34-year-old Rose McDonald.
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“I don’t have any ideas right now. I just, it hurts me,” said Keita Purifoy, also the victim’s sister.
Kadira Purifoy said, “Going forward, it seems to me that something should be done in her name, as far as some kind of safety is ensured in case of a fire.”
One of the victims was a young girl named Natasha. Video taken inside Natasha’s preschool in Fairmount a few years ago shows the then 5-year-old dancing in a green skirt, front and center.
“Natasha was the cutest little girl,” said Suzy Zeely.
Zelli says that her son went to preschool with Natasha and calls her a bright young girl who was carried away too soon.
“It’s devastating. This morning I went to my mom’s house to check on her and she had the news and I looked at the house and I knew the address of the house. I knew the house and she said 13 people were killed and my heart broke. I had to sit down,” said Jelly.
“Going forward, it seems to me that something should be done in his name, as far as some kind of safety is ensured in case of a fire,” Purifoy said.
But survived. Debra Jackson says her sister lived on the first floor of the house with three children. They all got injured but escaped.
“Her two sons got burnt, she is probably just breathing smoke but thank God they are alive. My heart goes out to the family who lost all of their family,” Jackson said.
The Red Cross says they are helping a family of five who fled from the first floor.
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a gofundme Has been started to help cover the funeral expenses of the victims.