Raising funds for fire victims' funerals

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image ap"><span>AP</span></div><span class="caption-text">Firefighters gather at the scene of a house fire in southwest Philadelphia on Saturday Dec. 27, 2008, apparently caused by an exploding kerosene heater that killed seven people, most of whom were found huddled together in the basement, a survivor and firefighters said. Those killed in the Friday night blaze were four adults and three children, including a 1-year-old, who was cradled in the arms of another victim. &#40;AP Photo&#47; Joseph Kaczmarek&#41;  </span></div>
January 14, 2009 11:54:49 AM PST
Officials are trying to help a family devastated by a fire the day after Christmas.

The fire hit in a three-story home in Southwest Philadelphia at about 10:45 p.m. December 26.

The victims are:

  • Zyhire Teah (18 months)
  • Mariam Dosso (7)
  • Ramere Dosso (8)
  • Jennifer Teah (17)
  • Elliot Teah (23)
  • Vivian Teah (25)
  • Henry W. Gbokoloi (54)

Investigators determined a kerosene heater exploded near the only exit out of the basement, trapping the victims in the home.

Friends and survivors have been trying to raise money in order to provide the victims with a proper burial. The group has created a memorial fund and ask that community members make any contribution they can.

You can contribute to the fund by clicking this link: http://www.philasevenfirevictims.org.

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