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|~ 2018 next year|
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|~ 2020 Hope we are still around|
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Our Apartment was destroyed by fire just 2 days after we returned from Brazil
The Fire was on July 23, 2009. These photos were taken on August 2, 2009, the days after we started cleanup
FirePhotos (32 images) Click a picture to see a larger view.
We had already been cleaning for 10 days when these photos were taken
Dennis, Helton with Sherri and Gary had a wonderful vacation in Brazil in early July. Dennis, Gary, and Sherri returned to New York and Wisconsin on July 21st. Helton had planned to stay in Brazil until early August. Hundreds of photographs were taken in Brazil and Dennis spent the next two days cataloging and backing them up
On the 23rd, Dennis went out for dinner early in the evening. He returned to the neighborhood at about 11 pm. He met Jamie, a building porter, on the street just before he entered the building and was told the apartment had been destroyed. Dennis did not witness the drama of the fire
The fire was apparently started by an electrical shortage in a rotating tower fan. Every room was severely damaged and unlivable.
The fire was intense and all consuming for those living on the 10th floor. Smoke damaged the entire hallway and other apartments.
The fire department broke out the windows and had to knock down several apartment doors to check for residents. Several residents panicked and left their apartments looking for exits. They were blinded by smoke in the hallways. Firemen carried them down the stairs. Two went to hospitals suffering from smoke inhalation.
Neighbors tell of flames shooting out the windows and hook and latters extending from street level to the 10th floor
The American Red Cross provide emergency housing for Dennis for 2 days and $50 cash for both Helton and Dennis. Thank you.
Dennis called Helton in Brazil but Helton didn't believe the damage was severe. He planned to stay longer. Sherri, Dennis' sister, called him and told him to get his butt back to New York. She payed for the changed ticket costs. Thank you.
Helton returned from Brazil on the 26th of July to help with the clean up. Helton tells of seeing the boarded up windows from the air as his plane made its landing approach to La Guardia airport
Dennis and Helton moved in with their friend Olga until other housing could be found. We stayed with Olga for 3 months. Thanks Olga
Elmhurst Towers management and staff were marvelous helping us get back on our feet and back into our apartment. Three months later they provided month to month alternate housing on the 5th floor. The staff gave us space in the basement community room as a place to store everything that was recovered. We moved everything back into the restored apartment on the 10th floor fourteen months later
Cleaning up personal belongings cost us over $6,000 in cleaning supplies and people that helped. We worked for a month cleaning. We washed all the soot and tar covered clothes, most items several times. We dry cleaned everything as needed. Those costs alone were over $1,000
Our costs do not include anything we had to replace, i.e., furniture, clothes, accessories etc. We had no personal rental insurance - we were unemployed and it is a cost we canceled, just 6 months earlier. The 10th floor and apartment restoration costs were handled by the apartment building's insurance
We permanently lost our original vinyl album collection to water damage. The hundreds of albums were from the 1960s, 1970's, and 1980's. The collection was worth thousands of dollars (we had previously digitized all of them on our computer, saving us the music replacement costs)
Thank you to our friend, Rogiero, who helped us immensely with moral support and cleaning supplies. Also thanks to our other friends who helped with cash and replacement gifts. A special thanks to Tom for his help of cash and moral support
Thank you to the Elmhurst Tower and especially the staff. Jamie, Sergio and Peter. Thank you. You made life easier to handle our loses.
Our two expensive cameras were stolen by someone who had entered the apartment after the fire. These photographs are taken by a borrowed camera
fire, destroyed, Apt, Apartment, Elmhurst, New, York, Queens, 11373, Towers, 45th, Avenue, Kitchen, Living, Room, Bedroom, Dinning, 10th, Floor, 2009
The apartment fire photos were taken by a Panasonic FinePix DMC-TZ3 and iPhone