Local boutiques respond to tragic fire on Fabric Row with 'Friends of 4th St. Fund'

A firefighter walks by the ruins of the building at Fitzwater and S. 4th St. a day after a fire killed fire Capt. Mike Goodwin and left 2 other fire fighters injured on April 6, 2013. ( CHARLES FOX / Staff Photographer )

Local boutiques and businesses are responding to the tragic 3-alarm fire that destroyed multiple buildings along Fabric Row, and took the life of heroic Captain Michael Goodwin Saturday evening.

Elena Brennan, owner of BUS STOP boutique, is leading a neighborhood initiative alongside other business owners, to raise funds for the tenants and store owners who lost everything from the blaze. Called the "Friends of 4th St. Fund," shops along Fabric Row are collecting donations for the victims within their businesses starting today. The Queen Village Neighbors Association (QVNA) has also founded the "Fabric Row Relief Fund" starting with a $500 donation from the organization's treasury to help those affected by the fire rebuild their lives.

"Everybody on the street is broadcasting this," Brennan said Monday, adding that "it's a day by day thing" for many of the local businesses and residents. "We have very many fond memories of our old shop and our neighbors there, which we left just a little over a year ago," she said. Urban Princess (750 S. 4th St.), the boutique that took over BUS STOP's previous location, was among the businesses badly damaged by the fire.

"I'm deeply sorry for their losses and it's the least we could do," said

Brennan, who has been planning BUS STOP's 6th Birthday Bash to be held Friday, April 12, wants to use the opportunity to help spread the word about the 4th St. Fund. Brennan says she plans to dedicate her 6th anniversary to the fund and expects to collect as much possible at the party. "I'm deeply sorry for their losses and it's the least we could do," she adds on the organic initiative she hopes will help those in need. The event is open to the public. More details, here.