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 Frances Pifani

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Frances Pifani

  • Birth 1919 Germantown, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 11 Jan 1928 Germantown, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Cheltenham, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Plot Section U, Range 3, Lot 16, Grave 1.
  • Memorial ID 5993776

Nine year-old Francis was one of six victims of the fire at the Germantown Community Centre, Haines and Morton Streets in Germantown Little Italy section. She was the first child to die of her injuries, having died before reaching Germantown Hospital.

Over the course of the next two days, five little girls died of their injuries. They were trapped on the metal balcony, on the third floor, which was enclosed by mesh wiring. The mesh, incidentally, was designed to keep the children from falling onto the street.

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 of the fire were: Sylvia Bressi, Mary Di Tommaso, Mary Dima, Genevieve Di Pompeo, and Ida Visco.


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  • Created by: Donna Di Giacomo
  • Added: 24 Nov 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5993776
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Frances Pifani (1919–11 Jan 1928), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5993776, citing Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheltenham, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Donna Di Giacomo (contributor 16208410) .