Starting Over After The Fire

By: Gary Smollen Email
By: Gary Smollen Email

The people who live in the Hillsborough Apartments are frustrated that one person's careless actions can cause so much pain to so many.

Channel 6 News met with some of the displaced residents and one girl who experienced this last fire and the first one back in December.

The cause of both fires is a carelessly discarded cigarette.

No matter what caused the fire, the impact is the same; the loss of most or all of their possessions and the uncertainty of the future.

For the second time in four months smoke and flames roll out of one of the buildings at the Hillsborough Apartment Complex.

This time Tami Karri's family is one of those displaced by the fire.

Tami Karri says, "The flames were shooting out right above where our apartment was and immediately I said it's at our apartment and there is nothing you can do."

Tami's daughter Delaney is on her way to pick out a coloring book from the Red Cross collection. This is the second time she's had to evacuate because of a fire. In December she was at a sleepover when the first fire broke out.

That experience plus school drills helped her recognize the alarm.

Delaney Ferguson says, "I was in my mom and dad's bedroom and I heard it and told my mom I heard the fire alarm."

Sharon Palmer and her son were displaced after the first fire, now she is helping her friends like they helped her.

Sharon Palmer says, "It kind of feels like your entire life is put on hold for a little while and with the hustle and bustle of work and school and all of those things and in my situation I'm still unpacking."

The road to recovery is a long one; while the families are dealing with the loss their lives still go on. Both families are grateful for the help from the Red Cross.


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