*Imagine this nightmare: being trapped in a warehouse engulfed in flames, and then being forced to leave a friend behind as you make attempts to save your own life. This is the scenario Bob Mulè, an artist member of the “24-hour artists’ collective” was faced with as a warehouse in the Bay Area was overwhelmed with flames on Sunday.
Mulè, along with the collective’s creative director, Max Moore, gave an emotional on-air interview to the TODAY show on Sunday describing the atrocity.
“He must have broken his ankle while coming down from his loft and his space and he needed me to pull him out,” Mulè says as he describes what happened that forced him to leave his friend, Peter Wadsworth behind. “I tried my best and there was just stuff in the way some stuff had fallen and it was hectic.”
Mulè, who suffered burns on his arms, shows us his charred vest, which he says saved him from further injury.
“If I didn’t have this vest on while I was pulling out Pete, I don’t know it would’ve been me too probably,” he said, his voice cracking.
As of press time, 30 victims have been discovered and the numbers are expected to rise.
“This is very hard work and its very slow and it definitely has taken a toll on the first responders,” Alameda County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly said on Sunday morning. “We have people around the clock and we will be here for days and days to come.”
Kelly says the number of fatalities from this is “astronomical.” Read more on this at NBC News.