Firefighter's Personal Story

August 14, 2008 4:51:39 PM PDT
As the Riverwalk at Millenium Apartments burned Wednesday afternoon in Conshohocken, firefighters battled the blaze, and residents had to watch their homes burn.One man had to do both.

Attorney Rich Fineman moved into his Conshohocken apartment last year, and had just renewed his lease.

As he made his way home from work Wednesday, he could see the smoke from the train. Once at the station, he jumped in his car, went right to the fire station, and grabbed his gear. At first, only a building under construction was burning.

"I came down here, met up with my company and started helping at the construction site," Fineman told Action News. "Then I looked over and saw it."

What he saw was a spreading inferno, now consuming his apartment building.

"I knew it was going to be a lot of damage, or it was going to be destroyed," Fineman said.

His apartment faced the scene of the original fire. Before long, it was a total loss.

For now, Fineman is staying with family.

He adds, after nine years as a volunteer firefighter, Fineman says he can usually tune out what's going on around him.

Wednesday, he says that was too big of a challenge.

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