NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Slidell fire victims picked through charred, wet rubble this Labor Day, trying to save whatever they could. The inferno at Act X Condominiums early Sunday morning claimed no lives, but recovery for many still seems impossible. Many gathered their belongings in little piles, and threw things they could keep over railings.
"I was at the top, I couldn't get down," said Ariana Sellers.
She remembers the terror of throwing her 1- and 4-year-old children over railings to firefighters below as flames consumed everything.
"When I grabbed my two kids, I brought them outside then I threw them down," she said.
Edward Dowling lived two doors down from where the fire started.
"I couldn't tell you what door I banged on. I was on the first floor, second floor. The guy who was with me, I'd buy him a drink if I could find him," he said.
Fire Prevention Chief Chad Duffaut said residents reported hearing an explosion before seeing the fire. Chelsea Huckbody lived in 105 and heard the blast. She depends on the Red Cross for help right now.
"They gave us an allowance for food and clothes and they also put us up at a hotel a couple of nights.