Please help the victims of the Daly Street explosion

As you may know, a large gas-related explosion on the 400 block of Daly Street in South Philadelphia’s Whitman neighborhood, leveled three rowhomes.  The initial rowhome, where the gas leaked occurred in the basement, was unoccupied, but the neighboring homes were occupied and the inhabitants (while fortunate to escape serious injury) lost everything they own.  The police didn’t even allow them to go back inside to recover their personal belongings.

You, also, may know that I have switched to a new real estate agency, Long & Foster Real Estate in Center City.  As it turns out, one of our administrative workers was one of the residents of one of the neighboring rowhomes that was completely destroyed by the blast.  Her name is Dayzze Marriaga and her husband, Jon Mortimer, is also a real estate agent at Long & Foster.  Dayzze had left for maternity leave a couple of weeks after I started at Long & Foster, and she, her husband, and their one month old baby, Baby Liam, were in the house at the time.  They were fortunate to escape the harrowing experience unharmed, but since they lost their home and possessions, they had to move in with relatives and are in need of many items.  If you would like to help them, and the other victims in the other home that was destroyed, you can log onto this donation site.  Dayzze and her family need clothing and small items, but they are not interested in furniture or other large items at this time, because they don’t have a place to put those items.  If you can help, please do.  It would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.


About gabrielcgottlieb

I am a real estate agent at Long & Foster Real Estate Center City and someone who likes to write about development and urban planning in the City of Philadelphia. Contact me at if you are interested in buying or selling a home or investment property in Philadelphia.
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