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.
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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:
Ashley Hahn is an independent writer with a background in historic preservation and city planning. She started Eyes on the Street for PlanPhilly in 2011 and was PlanPhilly's managing editor from 2015-2017. Ashley has lived in 12 zip codes that she can think of, including neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and New York. She is a Philadelphian by choice.