"It was horrible," she said, pointing to the side of her house blackened by the fire. "Have you seen bombs exploding in Baghdad on television? It was worse than that."
Colon said the buildings' occupants ran out with nothing on. She brought some of them slippers for their bare feet.
"I never saw a fire going so fast in my life," she said.
Vanessa Santana cradled her baby while sitting on a ledge surrounding El Mundo Del Nino preschool with other victims of the Main Street blaze. Santana said she was home sleeping at the time. She said she hopes relatives will let her stay with them.
"It could have been worse," Garcia said. "Luckily, they live on a main road and a lot of people saw the fire and called police."
Green said Red Cross workers had given her and the five members of her family hotel vouchers to get temporarily accommodations. After demolition crews finished work at the scene, Green said she was able to get some of her belongings.