LIVE: Woman Rescued from Room Recalls Firefighter Actions at Marshall Square Retirement Fire

LIVE: Woman Rescued from Room Recalls Firefighter Actions at Marshall Square Retirement Fire (Image 1)

People who lived in Marshall Square have been reunited with family after such a devastating morning

Several buses were full of people who were taken to the Columbia County Government Center. Workers had a list of names to check as people were unloaded from the buses. One woman we talked to says she’s happy to be alive and explains how she got out of the building.

Dr. Bette Holzberg – lived in Marshall square “I had smoke in my eyes. I was trapped in the in the apartment because I thought it was just another alarm going off. They’ve gone off from time to time and basically, I realized I couldn’t get out the front door of the apartment so I grabbed a flashlight, opened the window, tried to, had one foot out the window and I signaled the firemen below. I’m on the second floor and basically I didn’t think they noticed me. So, then about 5 minutes later there was a heavy pounding on the door and 2 guys came in with respirators. They said you gotta get out now and they put some water on a towel, wrapped it around my nose and mouth and told me to hold on and the two of them got me and the hallway was full of smoke. I got down the stairs and got out.”

She and many others telling us how they got out.

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