Two Bennett Belles were burnt out of their apartments. The fire happened at the Ashebrook Pointe Apartments in Greensboro. The fire left two senior biology majors, Charmel Holland and Caroline Bailey, looking for a new place to stay.
“My initial reaction was, I need to get all my little sisters out. And then I thought to call Takiyah because I realized I didn’t see her outside,” says Holland. Takiyah Vincent is Holland’s neighbor. Vincent is a senior music major from Detroit, Michigan.
Holland says three of her little sisters were over from a sleep over. She said the fire woke them out of their sleep. Bailey says she was heading to church when she saw the smoke, so she knocked on Holland’s door.
The Greensboro Fire department says the Sunday, March 13 fire began at 10:30 in the morning. The fire department says it took nearly two hours to put the fire out.
Walt Ogler, manager of Ashebrook Pointe Apartments says the building was a total loss. Olger says they are currently working with their residences for future placement at one of their four sister properties, or giving residences the option of breaking their lease to find other housing. Victims were placed in hotels for two days.
The fire department condemned the apartment building because of the fire, smoke, and water damage. The fire department estimated the property loss at $350,000.
Holland and Bailey will move on campus for the remainder of the semester. Holland says several organizations on campus have reached out to her and her roommate. One of which was the Zeta Xi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
“We can only imagine what they are experiencing right now, and we know money will take care of some necessary things,” says Shadae Batie, Vice President of Zeta Xi. “I hope this will help them in some way.”
Batie says that the organization gave them money, and each member added an additional $40 out of their own pockets to further assist the victims. Other organizations that’ve helped so far include the college’s National Alumnae Association, HBCU Up, as well as alumnae like Dr. Audrey Ward of the Center for Teaching and Learning.
“People actually care about you at Bennett. It not’s just “Oh if you need anything call me,” Holland says.
By: Carmen Smith