By Robin Gaby Fisher

[Read by means of Paul Michael Garcia]

students survived a fireplace that raged via their dormitory. this is often the extreme 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 throughout 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 terrible neighborhoods who made their households proud via stepping into university. 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 medical institution burn unit had ever obvious. it's the tale of the extreme medical professionals and nurses who paintings with the blistered, of the moms and dads, of religion and kin, 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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Shawn tried to wipe the soot away. He still hadn’t seen flames, just smoke, but now he smelled burning flesh. Could it be his? Please, God, he prayed. It can’t end this way. Not here. Please, not now. I’m just a kid. And what will my mother do if I die? Scrambling forward, Shawn fought the urge to gulp air. His lungs felt like they were on fire. Tiny stars darted in the spaces behind his closed eyes. Shawn could sense a dark curtain descending, unconsciousness creeping into his head. He willed himself on, on, on.

They pulled her down the hallway toward Boland Hall’s front entrance. Before she ran outside, Angie stopped and turned to look one last time. She saw the boy stagger to a couch in the lobby and slump into it. His clothes were in tatters, and he was moaning that he was cold. So cold. Angie couldn’t breathe. Momentarily frozen in place, she stood there and sobbed. Then she joined the others and rushed outside into the frigid night, leaving the boy there. She had really wanted to help him, but she needed to find Alvaro.

A native of Colombia, Daisy spoke very little English, and her husband spoke even less. Her son had always been her voice, her link to the English-speaking world. Now she struggled to be heard. “Permiso, señorita,” she said, gently pushing her way to the front of the crowd. Excuse me, miss. “My son is Alvaro Llanos,” she said, tears streaming down her cheeks. “Mi hijo es mi vida. ¿Puedes decirme, por favor? ” My son is my life. Can you tell me, please? Is he alive? “Please try to be patient,” another nurse said.

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