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for BuzzFeed News: They Escaped Apartment Fires. But They’re Struggling To Survive.
josé a. alvarado jr.
Feb 24, 2022
Location: New York
For many of the country’s most vulnerable populations, a fire may cause them to lose cherished possessions and fear for their safety. But for people with low incomes, immigrants, and people of color, a fire is often the catalyst that profoundly destabilizes their lives for months or years, leaving them without homes, steady jobs, and access to healthy food and resources, all while they struggle to survive inside a system designed to neglect them.

The glaring disparity in how fires affect marginalized people has often played out in New York City, where landlords cut corners to maintain buildings and the city fails to take meaningful action to hold them accountable.

Photographed for BuzzFeed News, with words by Julia Reinstein.They Escaped Apartment Fires. But They’re Struggling To Survive.
“There’s no relief, no access, and these are people that are always forgotten.”


José A. Alvarado Jr. is a visual storyteller devoted to documenting cultural and social issues, as well as human interest stories in the US and Puerto Rico.
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