On Friday, the residents of Audubon Court Apartments building C were permitted to reenter their homes. Still awaiting the word from the complex's insurance company, those living in the units impacted by the blaze were allowed to reenter the facility to grab what they could.
While many packed suitcases of smoke-filled clothing, snatched their purses full of debris and dusted off some water-logged belongings they'd hope to keep, the aftermath of the fire, which displaced families in 12 occupied units of the Audubon complex was strewn about the yard of the facility.
Roped off in yellow caution tape, the remnants of a bicycle, kitchen chairs, an old microwave, a blanket… the belongings of families were shown in the front yards, filled with ash, smoke and water damage.
View the photos taken by LP TAP's Melissa S. Treacy here of Friday's aftermath:
Many young families were loading suitcases and boxes of their owned contents. The stale smell of smoke still filled the air, hanging ominously in the cold winter breeze.
Black soot is covering much of what remains of the Building C units. It is evident now where the fire started, on the basement level of the far corner. The complex manager, Diane Krauss, said she was going to be sure everyone got in and out safely.
“Did you lock your doors?” she reminded her tenants as they gathered what they could from the gutted building.
Krauss said she was not yet sure if the entire unit would need to be gutted or if smoke and water damage would be managed by the insurance agency. They had not yet come back for a Friday check up when this LP TAP reporter checked in Friday afternoon.
The wreckage was clear: this was a massive fire. There were contents of at least three units, including a fridge, a kitchen table set with chairs and a front door were among the burnt objects littering the snow-covered walk.
Those that were displaced were reportedly assisted by friends or the American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Still, the blaze has left its mark, and it was shown in the long, tired faces as well as the black, soot-covered belongings along the lawns of Audubon Court.