Five days after a fire at a senior living facility in Washington, D.C., 74-year-old Raymond Holton was found in his apartment by a crew looking into the safety of the structure. Five days later!
Last week, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser confirmed all residents were accounted for. Clearly, she was wrong.
Bowser now says officials are re-verifying all residents are truly accounted for.
[A search] where they bang on doors, check apartments etc. was done in the complex last week, however, [they] cannot say specifically what happened to this particular unit.
During the search, the Edgewood Management Company provided a list of residents, but Holton’s name didn’t show up.
Even after all he had been through, Holton was in good spirits after being discovered. He said he’d had enough water but was running out of food. He had some minor injuries and was taken to a hospital for evaluation, but was in good shape. His niece, who had no idea what had happened, was contacted.
An elderly man was found alive and apparently with a “sense of humor” inside of a D.C. senior apartment building five days after a fire broke out causing more than 100 residents to be displaced. https://t.co/NnbWyRQXDX
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) September 25, 2018
Needless to say, people were horrified.
Gives one a sense of the care taken by the staff of the apartments.
— Lee Hasch (@LeeHasch) September 25, 2018
“This comes after Bowser confirmed during a press conference last week that all tenants in the building were accounted for and were able to make it out of the building. Officials used a list provided by Edgewood Management Company to determine who had gotten out.“
— NotTheGreenGoblin (@TeamSymbiote) September 25, 2018
— Jackie Childs, Vandelay Industries (@spacelysrocket) September 25, 2018
— indicaaaaa (@hi_indica) September 25, 2018
The older we get, the more invisible we become. ☹️
— Rik Van Horn (@Rokkr1) September 25, 2018
It’s so sad that we don’t check in on one another these days. I’m glad he’s ok,bless his heart ♥️
— TheRealG6 (@ChristFamlee) September 25, 2018
Mostly though, people were just happy he was okay.
Thank God he's ok. 5 days????
— @Meishabobeisha (@Tuesdaywebcam) September 25, 2018
Thank God he’s ok
— Pat Gordon (@Gordon5Pat) September 25, 2018
GOD TAKES CARE OF HIS OWN pic.twitter.com/BOLmmnfVJ1
— Pat's Big Sister (@PatsBigSister1) September 25, 2018
I say let’s simply be thankful and appreciative for this one with the absence of finger pointing, blame and what have you, hey, he’s alive and well is that not enough? He’s smiling why can’t we? There are a billion arguments going on all day every day, let’s simply be thankful.
— . (@larry_thumbz) September 25, 2018
An angel was in that building with him, just like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Only this time, instead of there being a 4th man, there was a 2nd.
— Godly_Moves (@_blaacband) September 25, 2018
Saved by the Grace of God! Bless Him!
— Catina L Bondhill (@catbiz2012) September 25, 2018
We wish Holton all the best moving forward.