Remembering Buck, One Year Later

 

The aftermath at Buck Hosiery | Photo: Theresa Stigale

The aftermath at Buck Hosiery | Photo: Theresa Stigale

As the black ribbon lies draped across the city’s fire halls and the city flag flies half mast, the heartbreaking news of Captain Michael Goodwin’s death while fighting a Fabric Row blaze this past weekend dredges up similarly grim memories. A year ago today, exactly ten days after Ryan Briggs profiled the Buck Hosiery property and how its absentee New York landlords had allowed the building to deteriorate, that building went up in flames, claiming the lives of two Philadelphia firefighters.

The photos here were taken in the Buck fire’s aftermath and hold a certain sadness from knowing it was both predictable and preventable. Click any of the images below to launch an 18-photo essay from the Kensington site.

About the author

Theresa Stigale was born and raised in Southwest Philly. She earned a B.B.A. from Temple University in 1983. Theresa is a photographer as well as a licensed Pennsylvania Real Estate Broker, developer and instructor. In the past ten years, she has documented the loft conversion projects that she and her partners have completed in Philadelphia, from stately old abandoned warehouses covered with graffiti to vintage factories, some still active with manufacturing. Visit her web site at TheresaStigalePhotography.com.

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  1. What will be built on the site now it is all cleared? This would be perfect for apartments or better still, houses as it is next to the El Station. Also, there is an tall gray boarded up factory and a firetrap right next to the El station. Developer/owner has not firmed up plans for redevelopment. SEPTA and the city need to purchase it and demo it before a disaster happens and the land can be resold to developer to construct townhouses.

  2. And have those absentee New York landlord paid those back taxes? Has anything happened to them that will prevent others from allowing buildings to rot and kill people in the future?

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