Hi My name is Mary Helen Barrios Pallotta.
On Tuesday, February 8, 2022 At approximately 10:00 , I was working and received a call informing me that my home was on fire. At that moment I felt very desperate, since my level of English is still not enough to be able to solve this type of case and communicate what had happened to a third party.
Initially I called my husband to define what to do. At that time my two oldest children were in class and my youngest son was at my house with my brother-in-law who came to visit from Argentina, I did not know what state they were in beyond knowing that they had managed to get out of the fire and were alive . The moment I managed to get in touch with my husband, I gave him the phone numbers where I received the call from my brother-in-law, so that my husband could find out what state they were in, and I went to look for him at his work in my car.
When we managed to talk to my brother-in-law, we learned that he and my son were fine and unharmed, they had managed to get out of the fire in time without major consequences. However, they were very nervous and without adequate protection for the cold weather that day. I called a friend who was near the area to ask him to come get them and keep them in his car while I looked for my husband.
Once I met my husband again, we decided to look for our 2 older children at school to be together as a family. Once together we approached the place of the fire, where I could see that our apartment and 12 other apartments had been totally destroyed by fire. At that moment I knew that we only had as material possession the clothes and things that we had with us that day and nothing else.
For me it was a great joy to know that both my son and my brother-in-law were fine, however, we were all very upset since everything we had achieved in almost 1 year since I arrived in the USA had been destroyed by fire.