Survivors of Lowell fire recount terrifying moments
“The city will never forget this tragedy,” Mayor Rodney Elliott said.
The heavy lifting, the life-saving, was over in minutes. The harder stuff, dealing with the aftermath, the dead, would go on much longer.
A mile away from the charred wreckage of 78 Branch St., community leaders met this morning to set up a system for providing aid to victims of last week’s fire, which killed seven people and left more than 50 homeless.
Robert Downs, 72, was one of seven people killed in Thursday’s blaze.
Hundreds of people have lost their lives in the fatal blazes of past decades.
If he hadn’t installed the fan in his bedroom window, Sambath Sar might not have smelled the smoke until it was too late. He woke up just before 4 a.m. Thursday coughing, his third-floor room filled with thick, white, choking clouds. Flames burning the building flickered in the window.
LOWELL — Some kneeled behind the Buddhist monks and prayed. Others stood in respectful silence. A few people watched from their front yards and porches.
Five people were missing early Thursday, according to broadcast reports.