New book tells highs, lows of Seton Hall fire survivors

A book has hit shelves detailing the plight of two survivors from the fatal 2000 fire at Seton Hall. 'After the Fire' tells the story of Sean Simons and Alvaro Llamos, the two most injured survivors

News 12 Staff

Sep 2, 2008, 11:52 PM

Updated 5,802 days ago

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A book has hit shelves detailing the plight of two survivors from the fatal 2000 fire at Seton Hall.
'After the Fire' tells the story of Sean Simons and Alvaro Llamos, the two most injured survivors of the fire at Boland Hall that killed three people. Llamos actually ran out of the dorm engulfed in flames and needed to be placed into a coma for three months as part of his recovery.
Robin Gaby Fisher, a reporter at the Star-Ledger, initially got permission from the men's parents to follow their recovery process. Later in the rehabilitation, Llamos and Simons gave Fisher the go-ahead to continue telling their story.
"I really wanted to tell New Jersey this story," says Simons. "We are your neighbors and this is what happened to us. I want it to serve as a source of inspiration to someone."
Llamos and Simons are both married with children. The two men now work at the Star-Ledger as well.


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