Push for Prevention After 2nd Multiple Fatality Fire in as Many Weeks - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Push for Prevention After 2nd Multiple Fatality Fire in as Many Weeks



    A house fire in the North Philadelphia killed two kids and their grandmother over the weekend. The fire department and the Red Cross will give out free smoke detectors this year. NBC10’s Deanna Durante has the details.

    (Published Tuesday, May 30, 2017)

    Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney joined Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel, other firefighters and the American Red Cross Tuesday to discuss fire prevention in the wake of the second multiple fatality fire in as many weeks.

    An early morning Sunday blaze left Prudence Figueroa, 9, her brother Dean Figueroa, 7, and their grandmother Monique Guillory dead inside Guillory's 6th Street home in North Philadelphia. The children's' parents jumped from the back window of the house, a three-story, double-wide house that Guillory has owned since the mid-1990s, according to city records.

    Surviving family members returned to the scene Monday to collect belongings and mourn their loved ones.

    "It does hurt, going through pictures, trying to get pictures together, seeing all the memories and it hurts even more," niece Amanda Gonzalez said outside the home.

    The cause of the blaze remained unclear Tuesday.

    (L to R), Dean Figueroa, Prudence Figueroa
    Photo credit: Facebook.com

    Kenney said he hopes that lessons he learned as a child about matches, open flames and other fire prevention measures can hold true with children today.

    It was the second Sunday in a row that three people died in a house fire in Philadelphia, leading the city to escalate fire prevention measures.

    "We feel every fire death," Thiel said. "What can we as a community do to move forward."