Philadelphia officials have not identified the victims, but family members told FOX 29 Philadelphia that they ranged in age from 1-year-old to 33-years-old. Two of the victims were sisters who were also both mothers.
“My sisters and my nieces and my nephews are gone, they are deceased, they are never coming back,” Keta Purifoy, a relative of the victims, told the local news outlet.
The building, which was owned by the Philadelphia Housing Authority, had 26 people living in it – eight people in the first-floor unit and 18 people in the unit on the second and third floors.
The family that lost members to the fire originally moved in as a 6-person household in 2011 on the second and third floors, Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) President Kelvin Jeremiah said Thursday.
“The family had children and the family grew,” Jeremiah said at a press conference Thursday. “I want to make clear that this is a family that wanted to be together and our mission is to provide safe sanitary housing.”