Fabric Row Relief Fund

Fabric Row Fire

It has been awe-inspiring to see this community come together to help the displaced residential tenants get back on their feet and devastated neighborhood businesses rebuild.  The Fabric Row Relief Fund raised over $17,000 which allowed us to give each displaced tenant a small financial hand up, and have some funds left to help the business owners, most of whom were new businesses with insurance policies that only covered part of their lost inventories.

On April 6, 2013, a 3-alarm fire struck historic Fabric Row in Queen Village. Due to the rapid response of the Philadelphia Fire Department, damage was limited to 2 buildings. However, the fire claimed the life of Captain Michael Goodwin of South Philadelphia’s Engine 27. Our hearts and minds are with the family of Captain Goodwin as well as the entire Fire Department.

In addition to the tragic loss of Captain Goodwin and injury to Andrew Godlewski, there was extensive property damage to several businesses and residential apartments. Several uninsured renters have lost most or all of their possessions.

The Board of Directors of Queen Village Neighbors Association created a Fabric Row Fire Relief Fund and voted to put $500 from the QVNA treasury into the Fund. The Fund were available to help victims of the fire rebuild their lives.