The rubble was still smoking today in Manchester after a major fire off U.S. 421. More than 50 firefighters fought for 8 hours to get the blaze under control.
A pile of rubble is all that's left of a disability representative office and an apartment complex after the fire early Sunday morning. Firefighters were still putting out hot spots Monday.
Jerrod Reid with Manchester Fire Department says, “Just smoldering fire, very hot fire. Hard to completely stop, anything is possible it's fire nobody knows what it's going to do.
The owner of the apartment building, Penny Robinson, is still in disbelief. “Devastation, it was like when I received the call it was like oh my god this can't be happening.”
Irene Lewis, co-owner of another building destroyed says, “It hit me this morning when I got to work. I don't know. I was fine yesterday but today it just all hit me all of a sudden.”
But the damage is done. Two of the owners, without insurance, are trying to figure out their next step. Penny Robinson is giving the limestone rocks her apartment building was made of, for others to use.
Robinson says, “So we can keep memories alive. That's the thing. Keeping memories alive as for what I'm going to do, I have no idea. It's just too early for me to tell.”
Irene Lewis say's she is just taking it step by step and is just trying to think positive. “I would like to be able to rebuild if at all possible, to put something in that would be positive that would be a plus to the community.”
The owners say they're cleaning up, moving forward and just thankful no one was hurt.