A FIRE VICTIM WRITES: My son, Amir, called me while I was still at work at 5:30 from the YMCA after-school program at the Eleanor Gelber School across the street. He said families were coming in the school crying. He said he heard there was a fire at our home.
I picked up my daughter, Taty, from her school and headed there.
There was no serious traffic or much street closures. I was able to pick up Amir. That’s when I saw people running into the school, upset.
I parked in the Trader Joe’s lot and went to the community building. Around 6:30-7 p.m. they allowed me to go into my apartment, across from the main building, to get my cat, Kitty Witty, and grab a few clothes for the kids.
All of a sudden I heard a loud noise coming from the building across from my living room. Windows were blowing out. Then we heard people yelling in the hallways to get out.
So we hurried and made it to safety.
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• UPDATE: Edgewater schools were closed under a local state of emergency declared by Mayor Michael McPartland, but River Road was reopened this morning after a ravenous inferno destroyed an apartment complex last night, displacing more than 1,000 borough residents. READ MORE….
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To see such beautiful apartments just engulfed in flames was terrifying. I didn’t want to leave. I wanted to make sure my apartment was unscathed. But things got bad.
I’m hoping my apartment wasn’t a total loss.
I feel terrible for the families that are now displaced. You see this happen but you never expect something like this to happen. Hopefully we can all start to pick up the pieces.
I’m thankful for all the service men and women, the firemen, police and rescue workers who came to battle this blaze, which has now destroyed the homes of many, many families — but hasn’t destroyed us.
By Yolanda Scott
• HOW YOU CAN HELP: To best help the Avalon at Edgewater families, authorities say, you should donate gift cards along with new clothes and toys, school supplies, diapers, socks, toiletries and electronic device chargers. READ MORE….
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