A burial ceremony is scheduled to take place Sunday for 15 victims of last week’s devastating Bronx apartment building fire, according to a local Muslim cleric.
Marta Sanchez was worshiping at St. Simon Stock-St. Joseph Church down the street from her Bronx apartment Sunday when she got a chilling phone call from a friend: Her building was on fire.
Fire safety depends on prevention, like making sure smoke detectors work, and doors close properly to keep smoke and flames from spreading. But once a fire starts, people should already know their apartment building is fireproof or combustible, which determines whether to flee or stay put.
Susan Watts sat towards the back of St. Simon Stock Catholic Church on Monday night with a heavy heart thinking of the eight children she knew that were affected by Sunday’s tragic building fire, including one who died — “I came here to pray for them and for everybody that was affected.”
Pope Francis reached out Monday to Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York saying that he felt a “spiritual closeness” to the victims of the deadly Bronx fire that killed 19 people on Sunday.