Robin Gaby Fisher's After the Fire: A True Story of Friendship and Survival PDF

By Robin Gaby Fisher

ISBN-10: 0316032794

ISBN-13: 9780316032797

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students survived a fireplace that raged via their dormitory. this can be the intense tale in their struggle to get well, in their supportive households, and of the ladies who may come to like them.

On January 19, 2000, a fireplace raged in the course of the freshman dormitory at Seton corridor collage in South Orange, New Jersey, killing 3 scholars and injuring fifty-eight others. one of the sufferers have been Shawn Simons and Alvaro Llanos, roommates from bad neighborhoods who made their households proud by way of stepping into collage. They controlled to flee the fireplace, yet either have been burned terribly.

After the Fire is the tale of those younger males and their struggle to get over the worst accidents the Saint Barnabas health center burn unit had ever visible. it's the tale of the intense medical professionals and nurses who paintings with the blistered, of the moms and dads, of religion and relatives, of the ladies who got here to like those males, and of the invisible ties that bind us to each other.

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It’s a fire drill, Al. Let’s go. ” Shaking off sleep, Alvaro finally dragged himself out of bed. In the dim glow of a single forty-watt light, the roommates pulled on their jeans and shirts from the night before. They slipped on their socks and sneakers, not bothering to tie the laces, then grabbed their winter jackets. Shawn was one step ahead of Alvaro when he pulled open the door and stopped short. A fierce wave of blistering heat slammed him backward, and a blast of sour-tasting black smoke stuck in his throat, choking him.

They had met in honors physics class at John F. Kennedy High School in the city of Paterson, New Jersey, at the beginning of their senior year and planned to be together forever. Alvaro was dark and handsome, with a quiet kind of charisma, and all of the girls wanted him. But he had eyes only for Angie, a bubbly girl with a ponytail, and they were the envy of the freshman dorm. They took the same classes, studied in each other’s room, and worked side by side in the campus computer lab. The frequent middle-of-the-night fire drills had become another chance to be together, and over the months, they had developed a routine: when a fire alarm sounded, Angie waited in her first-floor room for Alvaro to come down from the third floor, and then they went outside to wait out the drill together.

How many times had he watched rescue workers fight valiantly to save a life when it was already too late? It made him both sad and proud. As the on-call investigator for the Essex County prosecutor’s office, Frucci had been one of the first officials on the scene, thirty minutes after the call came in. Frucci was thirty-one years old, but he’d been investigating fires for four years and had already earned a reputation as one of the best in his field. The South Orange fire chief had briefed him outside Boland Hall.

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