BELFAST – Last Friday, a family from Belfast lost everything. But behind every tragic situation, there’s hope.
“Life has its ways of sending you challenges,” said Ashley Sorrentino, the homeowner.
When you spend most of your time, taking care of the needs of those around you. There is often little thought of how others can give back to you. One family is faced with that challenge, after losing their belongings in a house fire.
“The fire went so fast and so hot that it destroyed everything on the inside,” said Sorrentino, “And what wasn’t destroyed by flames was destroyed by water and smoke.”
It was a normal day for them. They brought their kids to school and were getting ready to go on a day-date, when they got the call that their house was on fire. They rushed home only to see devastation.
“It’s sad. It’s heart wrenching,” she said, “It hurts- it hurts.”
A dry log next to the wood-stove combusted after getting extremely hot, causing fire to spread around the house.
“You never know when it’s going to happen,” said Sorrentino, “We were always so super careful.”
All of their belongings now fit in some garbage bags. They are staying at a local hotel.
“It’s amazing the things you think that you need and when you don’t have them,” she said, “You realize that you don’t necessarily need them – we have family, love and each other and that’s what we need.”
All she can do is rummage through the burnt stuff in the house.
Despite losing the physical things like the house. It is the sentimental items that matter the most, like her wedding guest book.
“It survived. I’m so happy,” she said, “See it’s the – these type of things, is what kills me the most.”
Each time she found items that were spared from demise. She could not help but smile and make light of the situation.
“It doesn’t smell that bad or maybe it’s just in my face,” said Sorrentino, “It makes me feel really happy.”
She is staying positive about everything. But all those times of helping people, have come in full circle. Family, friends and community members are rallying to give their support.
“They are finding it really hard to receive,” said Robin Lewis, a friend, “They are so good at giving and now it’s time for them to receive.”
Without asking for anything in return, she’s gaining the world.
“I love Belfast,” she said, “That’s pretty much all I can say. Our community is absolutely phenomenally – amazing. I’m so thankful to be a part of it.”
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