LOWELL, Mass. (WHDH) -
Dozens of people were sent running from their homes early Thursday morning when a fire broke out in their Lowell apartment building.
Seven people died and 50 made it out alive.
“I was trying to go back but I couldn’t go back but the fire was too intense, too hot. It was smoky. I just rushed out and I thought she was behind me, I thought she used a back door, but I looked outside and couldn’t find her,” Chin Bun said.
Roommates pounded on doors, dogs barked and some people who lived in the building said they heard alarms.
“I just heard the alarm and then I went and checked the front door and didn’t see anything, then I checked the backdoor and I saw the flames. Then I came running back into the house and knocking on my kids’ door and saying ‘the house is on fire we’ve got to go,'” Jessica Mey said
The survivors are left with the clothes on their backs, toiletries from the Red Cross and donations from strangers as they try to rebuild their lives and move on from the tragedy.
"I was scared. We all felt like in five minutes we were all going to die and that was it. But we were lucky, we are alive, we're here right now."
Many have been moved to area hotels and motels as they try to figure out what the next steps in their lives are.