|Death: ||Jan. 13, 1928|
Nine year-old Sylvia was the last of the six victims to die from injuries sustained as a result of the horrible fire that gutted the Germantown Community Centre, Haines and Morton Streets, in Germantown's Little Italy section.
Sylvia, and five other girls, were trapped on a third-floor metal balcony, which was enclosed by wire mesh. The mesh, incidentally, was there to prevent the children from falling into the street below.
They screamed for helped and firefighters desperately tried to reach the girls. By the time they did, the damage had already been done. All the girls were unconscious, victims of smoke inhalation and suffering from burns over more than half their little bodies.
One victim, Frances Pifani, died before reaching Germantown Hospital. The other victims died over the course of the next two days.
Thousands of people from all over the city went to the victims' homes to pay their respects and thousands more lined Chelten Avenue in Germantown for the victims' funerals.
The other five victims were: Frances Pifani, Mary Dima, Genevieve Di Pompeo, Mary Di Tommaso, and Ida Visco.
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
Plot: Section U, Range 3, Lot 16, Grave 3
Created by: Donna Di Giacomo
Record added: Nov 24, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 5993846