Volunteers leave donations at Monroe College emergency center for Bronx fire survivors – CBS New York

New York (CBS New York) — Many people in more than 100 apartments survived Sunday’s fire in the Bronx with nothing but clothes on their backs and a phone.

CBS2’s Lisa Rosner reported Monday that a nearby college has been converted into an emergency center for survivors.

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Survivors arrived all day to bring clothes and food. It is also a resource center where loved ones have been searching for those who are still missing and a place where those who are grieving can find relief.

Renee Howard said she waited for hours at a 19th-floor window during the fire, until firefighters told her it was safe to leave.

My neighbors died, the children died. “Children, parents, I don’t understand,” Howard said. “I don’t understand why it happened like this, but God saved me.”

Half a mile away, Howard collapses outside Austin Hall at Monroe College on Jerome Street, thinking about the two children she knew who didn’t survive.

“I know Mustafa,” she said, “he had beautiful angelic eyes.”

NYPD Community Affairs joined Howard in moments of prayer after she left with clothes and blankets distributed at a resource center set up by the Red Cross.

Howard and others are placed in nearby hotels.

“What did you manage to retrieve from the apartment, if anything?” Rosner asked Pauline Bryan, a first-floor resident.

Absolutely nothing,” Brian said. “Now I need some underwear and clothes.”

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Clothes and furnishings were donated in only one room. There was a continuous number of volunteers from all backgrounds and religions affected by the tragedy.

“And it can happen to anyone. It can happen to me,” said Alan Samba, a Bronx resident.

“There were clean towels and nappies, and wipes were needed,” said Julie Fair of Pelham. “Until the donations stop, I’ll be here every day.”

Pictures: In the scene of a fatal fire in the Bronx apartment building

The deputy governor and officials from the Office of Emergency Management visited the center Monday.

April Stevens left frustrated – no one could tell her where her sister, who has cerebral palsy and needs a wheelchair, is.

Stevens said Dorell Anderson was staying with her boyfriend, Ramil Thompson, on the 13th floor.

“My sister and her boyfriend, they were in Apartment 13R. She’s disabled and can’t walk, so you won’t be able to get her out of the building,” Stevens said, so we’re not sure if they worked.

Those who succeeded couldn’t stop thanking the firefighters for their heroic efforts

The Red Cross said they would provide accommodation in hotels for at least the next weeks.

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