I lived very near Our Lady of The Angels church and school. I fact I could see the school from my back porch.
I heard the fire engines and saw the smoke from the fire coming out of the school!
Having one niece and nephew in the school I ran to the school trying to find out if they were able to get out of the school. It was chaos and people were trying to help where ever they could.
I saw nuns helping kids jump from windows to people waiting below to catch them.
I had to hurry home cause I left a little son who was about 2 years old with landlord lady (older lady).
After searching, I heard they were taken in by neighbors nearby and we were reunited.
They swallowed a lot of smoke but otherwise were ok. However, they can never forget what happened there. Neither will I.
I made my communion and confirmation and was married at Our Lady of the Angels church,