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Family of fire victim on Harlow Place speak out

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Family of fire victim on Harlow Place speak out

HANNAH.NEXT TONIGHT -- THETRAGIC FIRE THATCLAIMED THE LIFE OF ABUFFALO MATRIARCH.24 HOURS AFTER HERBUFFALO HOME WENT UPIN FLAMES... FAMILY ANDFRIENDS AREREMEMBERING THEMOTHER OF TEN... ANDWHAT SHE MEANT TOHER COMMUNITY.A GRIEVING SISTERTELLS 7 EYEWITNESSNEWS REPORTER NIKKIDEMENTRI... THIS WASGOD'S PLAN.96-YEARS-OLD.

SHEWOULD'VE BEEN 97OCTOBER FIRST OF THISYEAR.AND FOR MARY PARKS,MANY OF THOSE YEARSWERE SPENT RIGHTHERE..

AT 10 HARLOWPLACE ON BUFFALO'SEAST SIDE -- NOW JUST AMEMORY.YOU DON'T PICK ANDCHOOSE THE WAY YOULEAVE HERE, BUT A FIRE?NO I WOULD'VE NEVERDREAMT THAT MYMOTHER WOULD'VEPASSED AWAY IN A FIRE..PARKS WAS A MOTHEROF 10..

AND A MOTHER-FIGURE TO MANY MORE.HER DAUGHTER, ALSONAMED, MARY PARKS,LIVES RIGHT ACROSSTHE STREET.HER SISTER--LIVES TWODOORS DOWN.I'M ON PURDY, SHE'S ONHARLOW.

A LITTLE ONEWAY STREET.

MY HOUSEFACES HERS.JUSTHE FACT OFKNOWING THAT MYMOTHER'S HOUSEEXISTEED RIGHT THERE.THAT'S A HARD THINGBECAUSE I'VE BEENCOMING OUT OF THISHOUSE FOR 30 SOMEYEARS AND THE FIRSTPLACE MY EYES GO ISOVER THERE.BUT TODAY..

SHE DIDN'TWANT TO GO OUTSIDE..AS A BOULDOZER WENTTHROUGH WHAT'S LEFTOF THE HOME.WHEN THEY THINK OFHARLOW PLACE AND THEYTHINK OF MRS PARKS,SHE'S THE MATRIARCH OFTHAT STREET.PARKS' LATE HUSBAND,JOSEPH, WAS A BRICKLAYER .

HE BUILT THEHOME WHERE THEFAMILY LIVED FORDECADES.THIS IS MY MOTHER ANDFATHER.

I WILL ALWAYSKEEP THIS PICTURE OFTHEM AND THEM CLOSETO MY HEART.PARKS WORKED AT THEFORD STAMPING PLANTUNTIL HER EARLY 70S.AND EVEN IN HERRETIREMENT YEARS, SHEKEPT BUSY..

AS AWELCOMING FACE INHER COMMUNITY..

ANDAT CALVARY BAPTISTCHURCH NEARBY.GOD HAS TAKEN MYMOTHER TO A BETTERPLACE.I LOVE MY MOTHER.

SHEWAS A STRONG WOMAN,TOO.TONIGHT INVESTIGATORSSAY THE FIRE WASACCIDENTAL.THE FAMILY IS STILLWORKING OUT FUNERALARRAGEMENTS.LIVE IN THE STUDIO,




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