Massive fire leaves nearly two dozen people homeless in Allentown

A 3-alarm fire on the 400 block of N. Fulton Street in Allentown, PA left  families homeless overnight.

- Fire investigators in Allentown are still trying to figure out what touched off a fast moving blaze that badly damaged seven row homes in the 400 block of North Fulton street.

The blaze broke out around 8 p.m. Thursday.

The only casualty was a pet dog, but nearly two dozen people were left homeless, including a woman who asked that we not identify her.

"I don't know what to feel right now," she told FOX 29 early Friday morning . "I can't sleep. I can't do nothing, I'm numb. I'm happy my kids are safe but I'm numb."

In the aftermath, fire victims were spread out across Allentown, catching their breath in hotels, courtesy of the local Red Cross. Neighbors came by to look at the disaster scene with a mixture of curiosity and compassion; neighbors like Kay Pickel.

 "It's a tragedy," said Pickel. "But you know, it does pull the community together."

Maybe it was fate, but moments later, Jessica Rivera and Stephanie Soto arrived on the block. They spent Friday traveling all over Allentown, collecting donations on behalf of fire victims they've never met.
They'll pick up bigger items over the weekend like furniture and television sets for distribution on Monday. 

 

 

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