Makeshift memorial grows in Kensington for fallen firefighters

Posted: April 10, 2012

A makeshift memorial at a Kensington firehouse is growing in tribute to two firefighters killed in yesterday's horrific five-alarm warehouse blaze.

The burning and collapse of the Thomas W. Buck Hosiery building off Kensington Avenue in Philadelphia left Lt. Robert P. Neary, 60, and Daniel Sweeney, 25, dead.

Neary was a 37-year veteran of the department and was close to retirement. Sweeney was the son of a retired fire captain.

People began leaving flowers, portraits, and stuffed animals last night and this morning at the fire Castor and Kensington Avenues building housing Ladder 10 where Neary and Sweeney were based.

A black bunting is draped across the top of the building at the garage entrance for the fire trucks.

Neighbors such as Bruce Meltzer stopped by the makeshift memorial to pay respects on the way to work, as seen here in this photo gallery by Staff Photographer Alejandro A. Alvarez.

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