My Apartment Burned Down

On March 15th, my apartment in Lancaster, PA burned down. A roofing company was working on the roof, using flammable materials and blow torches, when the fire started. Due to unusually strong winds they were unable to control or extinguish the fire.

Emergency services arrived about 45 minutes after I left the building wearing a hoodie, T-shirt, pants, underwear, shoes, and nothing else. I was in the shower when my roommate started banging on the door for me to get out. I had zero time to grab anything, not even socks.

Firefighters attempted to control the fire, but about three hours after they arrived the roof had fully collapsed and nothing on the second floor of the building (a two floor, 8-unit apartment building; I lived on the second floor) was salvageable.

Fortunately, everyone and every pet was able to make it out of the building.


I’m making this to hopefully be able to raise some money to get some of my life back. Everything I owned was in my apartment. It’s been a few months since the fire, but I’m still struggling to get back to how things were before.

Thank You,
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Thomas Gangl 
Wayne, PA
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