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I remember my mom saved all of the news clippings and pictures. My house was right next to the convent, which was directly across the street from OLA.We used to look at them alot afterwards." Brother of Lois Di Pompeo.“I remember the mother of one of the other children came running into the classroom crying that the school was on fire. I have very clear memories of watching the street in front of our house as the mothers kept bringing out blankets and wrapping the children before the ambulances came to get them. My mother was at work and my Grandma kept me home for my birthday.
“While working in the Special Operations Sections, I would often return to the site of Our Lady of the Angels School.Sharon lived with her grandparents and mother on Iowa Street, about three blocks from OLA.When her grandmother heard about the fire, she left Sharon's 3-year-old sister sleeping in the house to go search for Sharon.As we were trying to get away from the school I remember seeing huge firetrucks and hearing people screaming and crying. I saw fire trucks that I had never seen before flying down the street.The streets and sidewalks were very slippery because I remember falling.”Rick attended morning Kindergarten and was fortunately at home at the time of the fire. I didn't know what was on fire, but I remember thinking, 'There must be a big fire someplace!' It wasn't until my sister, Lois, came home very upset, that I learned of the horror of the fire at the school.
The 8th grader that walked my sister to school, didn't make it.
I remember we all held hands going outside and she said not to look back.” Sister of Debbie Taliani.“If I had been born in December of 1951, instead of January of 1952, I would have been in second grade on December 1, 1958, which means I would have been in the main building on Avers and Iowa. I believe that God had not intended me to be in 2nd grade, in the main building, on the tragic day.”“I was in first grade on the second floor of one of the [Hamlin Street] buildings.
Instead, I was in 1st grade at Joseph Hall down the street on Hamlin Ave. On the day of the fire, my mother was walking to school to pick me up.
I recall that after the fire, there was no 'counseling' and we really did not discuss what had happened.
We later attended Our Lady Help of Christians parish school for a while, and then my group was sent to John Hay public school for the next two years.”Patty escaped without injury. My mom walked me to stay at the Baby Shop on Chicago Ave. She then went to the scene of the fire to help walk students home.
As it turned out, a neighbor found Sharon and took her home.