Saturday, May 8, 2010

Hanging In There...thank you

To all who have my girl friend and I on their hearts, we want to express our gratitude for your thoughts and prayers. We are hanging in there literally
and figuratively ;) We are in good spirits and we owe it all to God. We are thankful for our lives and for all who have taken the time to think about us. Quite a few individuals have inquired about how they can help out,well the best way is a monetary gift from the heart. We have lost virtually everything, We love you if you can and we love you if you can't. Thank you to all for taking the time to even search and find this to even read it. I have another testimony to add to the files, my life was spared.

Thank you and god bless,

D'Andre Bell

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The Fire

Fire victims try and recover from downtown Atlanta blaze

By Kristi E. Swartz

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
10:04 a.m. Saturday, May 8, 2010

Atlanta fire investigators are still trying to determine what caused the fire that destroyed most of a three-story apartment building near Georgia Tech Friday afternoon.

No injuries were reported in the blaze, which took more than 50 firefighters to contain, but most residents are left without a place to stay.

Among those who lost everything: Georgia Tech basketball player D’Andre Bell, WSB-TV said. Bell, who just finished up his last season at Tech, told WSB he was visiting a friend when the fire broke out.

He grabbed his keys, his phone and his Bible and headed for the window, WSB said. Bell attempted to jump, rescue workers brought a ladder to the window instead.

“I was hanging by my fingers,” Bell told WSB. “All my stuff is gone.”

The fire started at 547 McAfee Street, near the Georgia Aquarium, around 2 p.m.

Residents like Jennifer Thurmond are stuck wondering what they will do next.

"Everything is gone," said the mother of two boys, ages 5 and 4, whose top-floor apartment was destroyed. "Standing on the street and looking up, I can see right through the dining room and the kitchen."

Thurmond, a cafeteria worker at Washington High School, said Red Cross of America is arranging accommodations for displaced residents through the weekend, and the apartment complex management will make apartment units available come Monday.

But she passed on a lesson for other renters ... get renter's insurance.

"You don't think it's a real big deal in the face of all the other bills," she said. "But if I had just taken the time to get it, I wouldn't be wondering now ‘ how am I going to replace everything.'"

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Alexis Stevens and Marcus K. Garner contributed to this story.