South Philly fire: How you can help, and what local businesses are doing for displaced families
After a fire on the 1400 block of South Eighth Street broke out on Thursday morning, South Philly businesses and restaurants are opening their doors to those affected. Here's where to go for help, or how you can help.
After an explosion on Thursday morning in South Philadelphia, businesses across the area are opening their doors to help those affected.
A blazing fire broke out across the 1400 block of South Eighth Street, leaving three houses collapsed and two others structurally unstable. Around 60 people were evacuated from the area and about 10 houses were without utilities overnight. The cause of the explosion is still unknown.
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Benna’s Cafe at Eighth and Wharton has a bin for clothing and toiletry donations. The cafe is also accepting monetary donations towards a tab for those who need a free breakfast.
Mike’s BBQ at 11th and Morris is encouraging customers to donate additional funds.
Connie’s Ric Rac at 9th and Ellsworth will keep a bin in their foyer on Friday and Saturday nights for clothing and toiletry donations.
East Passyunk Community Center at 10th and Mifflin is accepting clothing and toiletry donations.
Representative Fiedler South Philadelphia Office at 9th and Ritner is accepting clothing and toiletry donations.
Le Virtu at 13th and E. Passyunk is accepting clothing and toiletry donations.
Function Coffee Labs at 10th and Carpenter is accepting donations of clothing, toiletries, pet food, and baby formula.
Khyber Pass Pub in Old City (2nd and Chestnut) will start accepting donations on Saturday.
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Two GoFundMe campaigns have been set up so far.
Fund drive for a student who lost a family member in the fire: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-a-palumbo-family-devastated-by-fire
Support for one of the families who lost their home: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-jon-and-pete-get-back-on-their-feet
Support for one of the families who lost their home: https://www.gofundme.com/f/south-philly-fire-victims
Support for one of the families who lost their home: https://www.facebook.com/donate/564840237672287/
Affected by the fire? Here’s where you can get help
Those who need a place to warm up can head to the following locations. Several restaurants are offering free meals.
Mike’s BBQ at 11th and Morris has created a gift card wall. Affected individuals and families are welcome to take a card to redeem a free meal.
Redcrest Fried Chicken at 11th and Tasker is offering gift cards to anyone affected. Individuals can walk in and grab food, or use the gift card to pick up food at a later time.
Avenue Cup Cafe at E. Passyunk and Montrose is offering food and beverages to anyone affected.
The Dutch at 4th and Tasker is offering gift cards for anyone affected. Gift cards to The Dutch can also be acquired at Fond.
Amelie’s Bark Shop at E. Passyunk and Tasker is donating food and treats to any families with pets affected by the fire.
Beehive inside of Bok at 9th and Mifflin welcomes any families displaced by the fire to come in and play for free.
Fitness Works at Seventh and Reed has created an open-door policy for anyone who needs to get warm or use the restroom.
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