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

NEW YORK (CBSNew York) – Many people in more than 100 apartments escaped Sunday’s Bronx fire with nothing but clothes on their backs and a phone.

A nearby college has been turned into an emergency station for survivors, CBS2’s Lisa Rozner reported on Monday.

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The survivors arrived all day to collect clothes and food. It is also a resource center where loved ones searched for the missing and a place where mourners can find solace.

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

“My neighbors are dead, the children are dead. The kids, the parents, I don’t understand, ”Howard said. “I don’t understand why it happened like this, but God spared me.”

Half a mile away, Howard broke down outside Ustin Hall at Monroe College on Jerome Avenue, thinking of the two children she knew who had not survived.

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

NYPD Community Affairs joined Howard in times of prayer after he left with clothes and blankets that were distributed at the resource center set up by the Red Cross.

Howard and others are staying at nearby hotels.

“What could you have collected from the apartment, if any? Rozner asked Pauline Bryan, a resident of the first floor.

“Nothing at all,” Bryan said. “Right now I need underwear and clothes. “

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Donations of clothing and bedding filled one room. Volunteers of all origins and faiths affected by the tragedy have disembarked non-stop.

“It could happen to anyone. It could happen to me,” said Bronx resident Alain Samba.

“There were clean towels and diapers, and wipes were needed,” said Julie Fair of Pelham. “Until the donations stop, I’ll be there everyday.”

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

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

Stevens said Dorel Anderson was staying with her boyfriend Ramel Thompson on the 13th floor.

“My sister and her boyfriend, they were in apartment 13R. She is disabled and cannot walk, so she would not be able to exit the building. So we don’t know if they got away with it, ”Stevens said.

Those who made it couldn’t help but thank the firefighters for their heroic efforts

The Red Cross said it will provide hotel accommodation for at least the coming weeks.

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