Central Park Terrace residents came home to see their homes not just on fire but with firefighters literally cutting off their roof.
“I can’t go in, the fire department’s there, they’re using chainsaws,” said one anonymous resident.
“I wish I could have somebody go in and see if there’s anything savable,” said another.
“This has been a very stubborn fire to get access to in the overhead with the concrete and the asphalt,” said Franklin Chief Jim McLaughlin.
Stubborn might be the perfect word for the fire because this was the second time firefighters had to respond to this apartment. The first fire started around 11:00 a.m. Thursday.
Mark Pecoster started pounding on doors to get people out.
“It was high, you could feel the heat from here, it was unbelievable,” Pecoster said. “I saw it full of smoke, I said aww **** I had to get people here, next door, everyone out safely.”