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August 20, 2014 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
SO THAT'S IT? The flames of the Gesner Street fire that killed four babies on July 5 burned so hot that the blaze destroyed any evidence of what started it. That can't be it . . . On Friday, fire officials declared the cause of the fire "undetermined. " On Sunday, the four children who died in the inferno were buried. Now it's time for the community to start demanding answers of itself as vigorously as it did of others in the days after the fire. Shortly after flames tore through a series of rowhouses on Gesner Street near 65th about 3 a.m., demonstrators took to the streets to demand answers from a Fire Department they were convinced hadn't responded fast enough to save the children.
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August 17, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
THE FLAMES of the tragic Gesner Street fire were so hot, they destroyed any evidence indicating what sparked them, the Fire Department announced yesterday. The fire marshal declared the cause of the fire "undetermined" after investigating the blaze for over a month, Executive Fire Chief Peter Crespo said. The announcement came just hours before the wake for the inferno's four young victims - twins Maria and Marialla Bowah, 4, Patrick Sanyeah, also 4, and 1-month-old Taj Jacque - held last night at the Divine Mercy Parish, on Grovers Avenue near 72nd Street in Southwest Philadelphia.
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July 28, 2014 | BY CINDY STANSBURY & STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer stansbc@phillynews.com, 215-854-5914
GAIL SKINNER said it was about 6 a.m. yesterday when she first heard the screams. "I was ironing, and I heard my neighbor hollering 'Help, help!' " the South Philadelphia woman recalled. When Skinner, 67, and her daughter went outside to investigate, they were greeted by clouds of thick black smoke. "So much smoke and flames, and it was coming out the window," she said, referring to a home up the street now completely black, its charred contents strewn about the sidewalk.
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July 16, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
EMSHEREE Patterson can still smell the smoke. Even though it's been two months and she's moved into a new apartment since a house fire destroyed just about everything she and her 5-year-old daughter owned, she's still reliving the nightmare - and facing the repercussions that come in the days, weeks and months after the flames are put out. "I still smell fire when I come in here, but I don't know if it's just me," Patterson, 26, said yesterday as...
NEWS
July 16, 2014 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
WHERE WERE the parents? The July 5 fire on Gesner Street was barely out before the question was hurled at the parents of two of the children who perished in the fire. The question was asked mostly by readers, but then by Mayor Nutter's public-safety director, Michael Resnick, during a protest at City Hall led by Patrick Sanyeah, the father of one of the boys who died in the fire. "Where were you ?" Resnick asked. That was insensitive and dumb. Especially since the children were in the care of an adult, a 41-year-old mother who was injured trying to save the children, including her twins, who also died in the fire.
NEWS
July 11, 2014 | By Jason Grant, Troy Graham, and Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writers
Four days after a Southwest Philadelphia blaze killed four children, prompting angry questions about the adequacy of the Fire Department's response, a city safety official had a question for Patrick Sanyeah, father of two of the children who died. Where was he when the fire erupted at 2:45 a.m. Saturday, when only one adult was at home? Public Safety Director Michael Resnick posed that question to reporters covering a protest Sanyeah led Wednesday afternoon outside City Hall.
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July 11, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH & DYLAN SEGELBAUM, Daily News Staff Writers walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
MORE THAN two dozen protesters, angry about the weekend fire that killed four children, marched about 5 miles to City Hall from their Liberian-immigrant neighborhood in Southwest Philadelphia yesterday, chanting, "We want answers!" and "We want Nutter!" When they got there, they were surrounded by about 30 police officers, and alternated between chanting and sitting on the pavement until about 7:45 p.m. They vowed to return in the morning. Meanwhile, Mayor Nutter, after returning from a trip to Washington, D.C., slipped in and out of City Hall through an entrance that he doesn't normally use. The protesters, who had started the more-than-90-minute march about 1:30 p.m. on Gesner Street near 65th, questioned the city's response to the fire early Saturday that broke out on the block.
NEWS
July 11, 2014
I CANNOT understand why they're so quick to blame the firemen since the fire started by kids who threw firecrackers on a couch on the porch, starting a fire that destroyed eight homes and four young lives in Southwest Philly. My question is: Where are the parents who were supposed to be watching the kids, and who gave them a firework to play with, with no supervision? Don't blame the firemen, blame the parents. Robert F. Schaffer Philadelphia   OK, your community suffered a tremendous loss, so I'm baffled by your response - blocking a firehouse and saying that response was slow.
NEWS
July 9, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Patrick Sanyeah was in the thick of the angry protest for much of the afternoon. But unlike most others, his loss was deeply personal and devastating. Two of the victims in Saturday's fatal fire in Southwest Philadelphia were his children, Patrick, 4, and Taj Jacque, who was less than two months old. "The fire department right here, you let four kids burn into ashes," Patrick Sanyeah said during Monday's protest, wiping away tears as he chanted with the crowd. City officials defended the fire department's response -- in a community meeting, on the street ravaged by Saturday's fire and, at day's end, in a news conference that drew Mayor Nutter, the fire commissioner, and others.
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