Windsor Green fire victims endure physical, emotional distress one year later

Published: Apr. 12, 2019 at 6:23 PM EDT
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HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – It’s been one-year since a devastating three-alarm fire destroyed the Windsor Green condos, but for those who escaped, the physical and emotional pain is still there.

Seven people were injured, four of them critically, while escaping the flames. Several people had to jump from the third floor of the building, and one baby was dropped and caught by a teenager as the flames spread.

Krisha and Brian Alewine are still recovering to this day. Krisha is in a cast and had an ankle fusion as recently as about a month ago. She said she needed it since she still wasn’t able to get around well.

The emotional pain still lingers as well.

“When you have to think about it everyday, it’s the first thing you think about when you have to get up in the morning. It’s the last thing you think of when you go to bed at night," Krisha said.

Krisha and Brian were faced with the decision of dropping one of their sons, Cade, to safety. Luckily, they found 16-year-old Blake Cannon on the ground, willing to help get their children to safety.

“My reaction was I wanted to make sure the three of them got out," said Brian.

Brian said he didn’t do much thinking until after and it was a reaction because he was more worried about his children and wife than himself.

“We were just trying to do anything and everything we could to get them out of there and to see Blake turn that corner, that was the best feeling," said Krisha.

The Alewine’s said they still keep in touch with Blake and his family to this day.

Candice LaFond, Blake’s mother, said her family is doing well and they still keep in touch with the Alewine’s. She said they didn’t all meet each other until the Sunday after the fire at the hospital.

The Alewine’s two sons still struggle emotionally with what happened April 12, 2018 to this day.

Brian said large crowds and loud noises upset the children.

“Cade is scared to death of firemen and fire trucks because he doesn’t know. All he knows is this tragedy happened and they show up and like she said they come and got momma," said Brian.

However, despite the lengthy recovery process and the emotional toll this has taken on them, Brian and Krisha have still been able to find the good in this situation. They moved to Horry County from Alabama just a few years ago.

“Oddly enough, this tragedy solidified the decision to move up here," said Brian, “There’s people that we had never met that helped us.”

The Alewine’s said that generosity from the community let’s them know they made the right decision to move to Horry County.

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