Cause Of Deadly Queen Village Fire Still Not Clear - KMSP-TV

Cause Of Deadly Queen Village Fire Still Not Clear

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A flag is flown at half-staff Sunday outside of Ladder 27, where Captain Michael Goodwin served as a Philadelphia firefighter. A flag is flown at half-staff Sunday outside of Ladder 27, where Captain Michael Goodwin served as a Philadelphia firefighter.
Capt. Michael Goodwin was killed fighting a fire in the city's Queen Village neighborhood Saturday. (COURTESY: www.iaff22.org) Capt. Michael Goodwin was killed fighting a fire in the city's Queen Village neighborhood Saturday. (COURTESY: www.iaff22.org)
Police tape surrounds an area of the 700 block of S. Fourth Street, where a fire ripped through a fabric shop Saturday . Police tape surrounds an area of the 700 block of S. Fourth Street, where a fire ripped through a fabric shop Saturday .
Andrew Godlewski is seen with others outside Ladder 7 Sunday with bandages around his hands. Andrew Godlewski is seen with others outside Ladder 7 Sunday with bandages around his hands.
PHILADELPHIA -

Investigators are still piecing together the cause of a quick moving fire that killed 30-year veteran firefighter Captain Michael Goodwin.

Goodwin was killed when the third floor roof he was on collapsed during a fire at the Jack B Fabrics in Queen Village's "Fabric Row" Saturday. The fire spread to three neighboring row homes on the 700 block of S. Fourth St. near Fitzwater Street.

Goodwin, who leaves behind a wife and two children,  is remembered by his fellow firefighters as someone who always looked out for others and as a "firefighter's firefighter."

Andrew Godlewski, a five-year veteran of the department, was rushed to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital after suffering burns to his hands while fighting the fire. Investigators say Godlewski was trying to rescue Goodwin when he was injured.

(View photos from Saturday's fire below this story)

On Sunday, Godlewski was released from the hospital, bandages covered his hands as he walked out of the hospital and got into a car.

Cynthia Ray, who runs the neighboring art store "Urban Princess," says she spoke to the owner of the fabric store where the fire sparked after he evacuated.

"He said he felt the fire had originated in the basement," Ray told FOX 29's Omari Fleming.

Nearly a full day later, smoke could be seen coming out of what was left of the building as firefighters continued to put out hot spots.

Throughout the city Sunday, flags flew at half-staff. Flags will continue to fly at half-staff for 30 days in honor of Goodwin.

"We have a department that is wounded, we have scars, they're fresh and deep and they've been reopened," Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said during a Saturday night news conference.

The death of Goodwin marks the third firefighter death in Philadelphia in just under a year. On April 9, 2012, a warehouse fire on York Street claimed the lives of Captain Robert Neary and firefighter Daniel Sweeney. Two other firefighters were injured in that fire.

In a statement, Mayor Michael Nutter asked all Philadelphians to join him in prayer.

"I ask all Philadelphians to join me in prayer for this heroic man, for his wife, Kelly, and their children, his mother, Betty, and their extended family - and for the members of the Philadelphia Fire Department, who have all suffered a grievous loss," the statement read.

Bill Gault, president of IAFF Local 22, asked that everyone remember the sacrifice made by firefighters like Goodwin.

"The brothers and sisters of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 22 are mourning the tragic death of Captain Mike Goodwin of Ladder 27 in South Philadelphia, a 30-year veteran of the Philadelphia Fire Department, natural-born leader, loving husband, father and grandfather and a hero whose valor will never be forgotten," the statement read.

Gault says there are plans to honor Goodwin, along with Neary and Sweeney Tuesday at city hall. Plans for Goodwin's funeral are currently being finalized, Gault said.

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