Residents come together and reflect

August 15, 2008 9:48:18 AM PDT
Many of the victims of the fire came together one night after, along with other residents of Conshohocken who lent their neighbors support.More than 24 hours after fire brought down the apartment buildings, shock has now turned into anguish for many residents. It may take some time before they have a place to call their own.

On Thursday night, Conshohocken residents gathered in front of the inferno-demolished apartment buildings. Some tried to figure out how a fire could spread so fast, while others empathized with the hundreds who were displaced by it.

"I've been praying for them; I just went to church and felt like they needed prayers," Sharon Ellam of Conshohocken said.

For hours Thursday, the Red Cross tried to attend to the needs of the 375 affected residents, by getting them clothes, food, and a place to stay.

"You lose your wallet, you have a bad day...walk out of your house and thats what you have.

"It was a pretty strange feeling to be there; it was like a war zone," apartment resident Bennie Gudierrez said.

The Springmill Fire Department acted as a command center. Residents came looking for their missing pets. Some enjoyed a reunion as others are still hoping.

This afternoon, buses brought residents back to the apartments that were not destroyed; they had ten minutes to salvage what they could.

The Red Cross is now accepting monetary donations, if you would like to help you can call 215-299-4000.

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