WHEATON, Mo. - Residents of the Blue Ridge Apartments are trying to move forward following Thursday morning's blaze that claimed five lives.
"Every time we come out here it is kind of ominous," stated neighbor Nelson Lindsay. "Its been kind of awkward. Every time we come outside we see that."
This tiny town of 800 is grieving after tragedy early Thursday.
"It has hit me pretty hard. Trying to get over it and deal with it," said Christopher Lee England, a resident of the complex.
Neighbors had tried desperately to reach residents.Officials have released the names of those who weren't able to make it out of the building. Jay Gimmicke, Molilie Doherty, and Marry Henning died. Henning's 8-year old son, Brandon Thurston, also passed away.
"We do remember seeing the little boy out here the other day in his spider man outfit. He was running around, seemed really happy," Lindsay stated.
The name of the fifth deceased victim has yet to be released.
Several folks did make it out, including KaDue Yang and her son, Iasaac.
"Its been emotional and its been hard. We are all just thankful to be alive and be here today," Yang said.
Those who survived the fire are now on the receiving a lot of love the community. Churches, volunteers, and donors are stepping forward to help.
Clothes, groceries, and toiletries are pouring in for those affected by the fire. Dozens of volunteers are sorting and delivering the items.
The American Red Cross is also providing assistance to victims."Everybody just put Thanksgiving aside and did this yesterday," stated Sally Robbins, a volunteer.
"I am just so thankful to have this kind of community around here," said Yang.
Organizers at the Wheaton Community Center say they are still accepting donations of food, clothing, furniture, gift cards, or monetary gifts to assist those in need.