Philadelphia House Democrats’ statement on Fairmount house fire

HARRISBURG, Jan. 5 – The Democratic members of the Philadelphia House Delegation and Chairman Jason Dawkins released a statement addressing this morning’s house fire in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia which has claimed at least 13 lives, including seven children.

“Our hearts go out to the families of those who tragically lost their lives and to those who were injured in today’s house fire in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia. Such a horrific loss of life shakes us to our core, especially when we hear seven children are included in this terrible number. We pray the number of lives lost does not rise. No year should ever start out like this, with such a tragic loss of innocent life. Poverty should never be a death sentence. There are many questions that we will have for the Philadelphia Housing Authority about how this tragedy came to pass, but right now our focus must be on sharing our prayers, grief and condolences as one community in mourning.”