Yesterday there was a huge fire that displaced many people, destroyed personal belongings, and killed many pets. The fire at the Riverwalk at Millenium destroyed 375 apartments in 3 buildings, 400 displaced renters, and another 3 damaged buildings. The Riverwalk has been a part of a renaissance here in Conshohocken. The new restaurants, a diversifying of the people that live here, and a huge improvement to the reputation of this former blue collar town, this borough looked forward to what this development would bring to the area.
I rushed home when I heard embers were found up to 12 blocks away, and we live only 2 blocks as the crow (or ember) flies. Our house and cats were a little smoky, but fine.
These luxury apartment allowed pets, so of course there were a lot of pets there. It was 4:30 when the fire broke out, so not many people were home.
Eight alarms and almost 6 hours later before being declared under control. Firemen were at the site well into today dousing hotspots, while construction equipment began the job of tearing down the remains of what was left. People who lost everything cried, asked questions, and try to rebuild. I can not even begin to imagine.
Currently it appears that the Red Cross has things under control, but with people needing so much help, financial donations are needed. Please visit the Red Cross Pennsylvania site and make a donation.