In Bethlehem, many still ask why 4 ch...

In Bethlehem, many still ask why 4 children died in 2008 fire

There are 50 comments on the The Morning Call story from Mar 10, 2009, titled In Bethlehem, many still ask why 4 children died in 2008 fire. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

Amy Cruz, a basketball coach at Boys and Girls Club of Bethlehem, said she struggles when children ask her why four youngsters died last year in a house fire.

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So Sad

Schnecksville, PA

#1 Mar 10, 2009
This is so sad. I am one of the ones who still ask why 4 children died in the 2008 fire. I am also one of the ones who read the article and thought to myself, what kind of goofy names are Jai-Lynn, Nyasia, Jozlyn, Yesenia and Jasmine? And what's with all the DIFFERENT last names, associated with all of these kids?

What ever happened to wholesome, normal-sounding names and a wholesome, healthy, responsible family structure?

It's so sad.
Good Comment

United States

#2 Mar 10, 2009
So Sad wrote:
This is so sad. I am one of the ones who still ask why 4 children died in the 2008 fire. I am also one of the ones who read the article and thought to myself, what kind of goofy names are Jai-Lynn, Nyasia, Jozlyn, Yesenia and Jasmine? And what's with all the DIFFERENT last names, associated with all of these kids?
What ever happened to wholesome, normal-sounding names and a wholesome, healthy, responsible family structure?
It's so sad.
I agree. I mean OK with the names, it's different and unique, but yeah, what's with the different last names, and more so, what ever happened to the "good old family structure?"
TCFF1

United States

#3 Mar 10, 2009
Parents: everyday, working smoke detectors save lives. Have an escape plan. Get out and stay out. Children who are old enough to walk are old enough to know the escape plan. Practice your escape plan. Smoke detectors and fresh batteries are inexpensive and should be maintained. Renters or owners, make sure the smoke detectors work.
Read the paper

AOL

#4 Mar 10, 2009
Don't people remember?? According to the newspaper and lawsuits it's the landlords fault.
jmo

Sellersville, PA

#5 Mar 10, 2009
So Sad wrote:
This is so sad. I am one of the ones who still ask why 4 children died in the 2008 fire. I am also one of the ones who read the article and thought to myself, what kind of goofy names are Jai-Lynn, Nyasia, Jozlyn, Yesenia and Jasmine? And what's with all the DIFFERENT last names, associated with all of these kids?
What ever happened to wholesome, normal-sounding names and a wholesome, healthy, responsible family structure?
It's so sad.
Family structure...the good ole days. I agree with that. But shame on you for judging 4 little children by their names who died in a fire.
jmo

Sellersville, PA

#6 Mar 10, 2009
TCFF1 wrote:
Parents: everyday, working smoke detectors save lives. Have an escape plan. Get out and stay out. Children who are old enough to walk are old enough to know the escape plan. Practice your escape plan. Smoke detectors and fresh batteries are inexpensive and should be maintained. Renters or owners, make sure the smoke detectors work.
Exactly...and insurance would be nice too.
hi haters

Philadelphia, PA

#7 Mar 10, 2009
Good Comment wrote:
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I agree. I mean OK with the names, it's different and unique, but yeah, what's with the different last names, and more so, what ever happened to the "good old family structure?"
you are both disgusting...may GOD have mercy on your soul
Yes

Mount Aetna, PA

#8 Mar 10, 2009
Wasn't this the case where the mother fell asleep with candles burning, then tried to blame the landlord for lack of smoke detectors?
oh please JOZ

Philadelphia, PA

#9 Mar 10, 2009
you know what kills me while it's a tradgedy she's STILL THE REASON they're gone! If she would have been home attending to the sleepover and NOT runnin the south side streets maybe it would have been a whole diff outcome! And I still want my money i donated back cause how she spent it on a beemer w/ rims and everything else I could have done that MYSELF! God bless the kids but they're in a better place than us. RIP KIDS
oh please JOZ

Philadelphia, PA

#10 Mar 10, 2009
don't forget she's tryin to SUE the landlord soooooo what does that say about her nasty tail??? Money hungry HOHOHO
Pachacutec

Fort Collins, CO

#11 Mar 10, 2009
TCFF1 wrote:
Parents: everyday, working smoke detectors save lives. Have an escape plan. Get out and stay out. Children who are old enough to walk are old enough to know the escape plan. Practice your escape plan. Smoke detectors and fresh batteries are inexpensive and should be maintained. Renters or owners, make sure the smoke detectors work.
Excellent suggestions! And in many areas, you can get a smoke detector free from your local fire station, so there's NO excuse not to have working smoke detectors in the home. A few minutes' warning can mean the difference between life and death; we don't need any more tragedies like this one.
not

Fayetteville, NC

#12 Mar 10, 2009
perhaps the coach should tell the other children it is because the mother left candles unattended.
me too

Allentown, PA

#13 Mar 10, 2009
Yes wrote:
Wasn't this the case where the mother fell asleep with candles burning, then tried to blame the landlord for lack of smoke detectors?
Yes! That is exactly what happened.
kBware

Philadelphia, PA

#14 Mar 10, 2009
Plead with Obama to have the U.S.D.A. place a contraceptive sauce in all Goya products Now!
oh please JOZ

Philadelphia, PA

#15 Mar 10, 2009
me too wrote:
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Yes! That is exactly what happened.
no it's not she was out at the PR club partyin hard... get real like nobody don't know her kids were alone ALOT! stop the madness
SOUTHPA

Reading, PA

#16 Mar 10, 2009
i cant belive wat people write on here i guess u pleople don know how to read it saids in the article that she was home when it happen its been 1 yr and u know the police invastigated is the said she was home.she was home end of story dumm ass grow up people i hope when u pleople die i hope everyone makes a party and celabrate.
SOUTHPA

Reading, PA

#17 Mar 10, 2009
RIP KIDS
nobama

Bethlehem, PA

#18 Mar 10, 2009
You ask why? Wasn't that question answered...didn't MOM have a candle burning and went to bed? Didn't MOM have enough sense to make sure the smoke detectors worked? Do you need to still ask why? MOM killed them with her own negligence.
OMG

Bethlehem, PA

#19 Mar 10, 2009
Read the paper wrote:
Don't people remember?? According to the newspaper and lawsuits it's the landlords fault.
The paper said it was the two candles burning on the dinning room table. It was not he landlords fault. It was the mothers fault and this she will have to live with forever. Four innocent children's lives were stolen that day because of their mother incompetence. You shouldn't burn candles period.

The landlord is at fault for not inspecting the place but even if it were properly inspected - fire is fire and it still would have burned. The tenant is responsible for buying and replacing the batteries in the smoke detectors.

“I get to see an Angel everyday”

Since: Dec 08

Allentown, PA

#20 Mar 10, 2009
It is a shame that this happened. It truly is, but whatever happened to personal accountability? Instead of depending on your landlord for smoke detectors, why not check them out yourself? Why not buy your own? They're not that expensive.

I would much rather have the safety of my family in my hands rather than someone else's. Nobody is going to care as much about your family as you are.

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