A Work of Mercy
by Lou Baldwin
Special to the CS&T
Robinson and her children died in a fire in the early morning hours of Feb. 11, in a partly-boarded-up, presumed vacant house at 59th and Walnut streets. It was a bitter cold night, and space heaters were connected to power strips and extension cords leading to an illegal hookup to the Philadelphia Electric Company line.
There were no smoke detectors. It was almost a certain recipe for disaster.
Providing a last kindness
by Alfred Lubrano
staff writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer
published March 6, 2011
February lightning, rare and ominous, tore through the sky over Ivy Hill Cemetery in Northwest Philadelphia. Sokpheng Taing, a Cambodian immigrant who lost two sons in an Olney fire Feb. 22, was scouting grave sites in the mud, wondering how he could affortd to bury his boys, Kevin 7, and Peterson, 9.
Thunder crackled as Taing turned to the diminutive woman standing next to him in the rain and asked, with his over his heart: "Can you help me out?" Patricia Quinn, the only person in Philadelphia who could, nodded. "Don't worry about it," she told Taing, who nearly smiled.