The blaze gutted the home on 14th Ave. and 52nd Street late Wednesday afternoon. It began when the boiler exploded and rapidly spread to the first floor apartment of the young couple.
Vivid imagery shows the devastation wrought inside. The kitchen is almost all black from the fire, with a stack of popcorn on a shelf, popped apparently by the heat.
The apartment dwellers, New Yorkers who recently returned from living in Eretz Yisroel for their formative years of marriage, split up their family as they contemplate their next move. The children were taken in by an uncle while the parents stay with neighbors.
Several stores opened up for the family, delivering clothes and basic necessities.
Rav Shmuel Dishon, who knows the family intimately, is heading the campaign.