EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


May 9, 2014

'We're going to have to restart our lives'

Victims of Forest Acres fire salvage what they can


Sauvan said he had to rush out of his apartment without his oxygen tank after neighbors banged on his door to alert him to the fire.

“I went to my girlfriend’s house and we watched the ball game, then went to bed,” Sauvan said of what happened after the fire. “I needed a tank that night, but somehow I got through it.”

Sauvan returned to the damaged apartment building yesterday and firefighters escorted him inside, where he retrieved medical supplies and prescription medications.

“I got my insulin and my oxygen tanks,” he said.

“The Red Cross did a really good job,” he said. “They gave me a debit card for groceries, which I need to go shopping for.”

Hours after the fire, Matthew Stamos returned to the apartment he lives in with his girlfriend Amanda Feind and their 7-month-old son, Liam. Firefighters escorted Stamos inside. Using a flashlight, he found two of their three cats. He was unable to remove them from the unit when he had to evacuate on Wednesday after smelling smoke.

Feind said they returned to the apartment yesterday morning and found their third cat. She said all three cats got health checks at Bulger Animal Hospital in North Andover, and, as of yesterday, only one cat needed to be held for observation, but was expected to make a full recovery.

“Bulger is awesome,” Feind said. “They told us that because of the fire, they weren’t going to charge us.”

Feind was happy to have her cats back, but worried about what she and Stamos lost after a section of their building’s roof caved in onto their bed.

“Our bedroom is ruined and so is Liam’s,” Feind said. “We hope to be able to salvage some of his clothes and maybe some kitchen appliances, but all of our furniture suffered smoke damage. I did manage to find my cell phone, which was not damaged.”

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