, lead pastor at His House Ministries in Mayfield
, was one of numerous community members who rushed to the factory Friday night after a tornado ripped into it
— part of a deadly series of twisters and storms that left at least 88 people dead in five states
, including at least
74 in Kentucky alone
The tornado killed eight people at the factory
, waar meer as 100 people were working
op daardie stadium. The facility had been
” in part to meet Christmastime candle demand
, Amerikaanse verteenwoordiger. James Comer
, who represents the area
, aan CNN gesê.
Witnesses described community members and emergency workers helping each other reach the those trapped at the site.
Another Mayfield resident, Navy veteran Adam Slack, said he went to the site when a friend texted him to say the factory had collapsed.
“As 'n gemeenskap, we all came together and started clearing the roads and getting the debris off the roads so that the paramedics and fire (personnel) could get in there to the … candle factory,” Slack told “Nuwe dag” op Dinsdag.
Uiteindelik, Slack helped a survivor from the site.
“The poor woman, she would not let go of my hand. I asked her multiple times if she was OK physically. Sy sê, ‘Yeah … I just want my dad,'” Slack said..
“Got her back to my vehicle, gave her some shelter, blankets, kept her warm … . She kept telling me to go back and help somebody else. ek het gesê, ‘Wel, I want to make sure you’re OK first,’ ” Slack recalled.
He lent her a cell phone, and she called her father, who arrived to pick her up, Slack said.
The factory site was “afgryslik,” hy het gesê.
“If I talk about it a little bit too long, it’ll bring tears to your eyes. … The wind was still going. Power lines, there was a couple gas leaks. People everywhere. It looked like a mound of ants when you kick it over. Everybody is trying to help, (trying) to get in and get people out safely,” Slack said.