Burned but not beaten, resident vows to rebuild

Fire chars Sam Abram's home, spares his spirit

Posted 12/14/17

Sam Abram revisited his Bowden Avenue home on Friday afternoon.

The longtime resident used crutches while navigating the rooms, which were cluttered with broken drywall and shards of glass. The …

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