Buddhist Monks Lead Prayers at Site of Deadly Lowell Fire

A group of Buddhist monks led a tearful Lowell crowd in prayers Thursday after a fire killed seven people in a Branch Street apartment building.

The Boston Globe reports:

The vigil was organized by the city’s Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association. Seven monks, wearing traditional orange robes, came from three nearby Buddhist temples to lead the prayer. Their heads bowed, the monks steered a procession from the front of Pailin Plaza, a shopping complex about ¼ mile from the scene of the fire. The Plaza, home to many Cambodian business owners, is in the heart of what the city has designated Cambodia Town. Association chairwoman Bopha Malone described the Cambodian community as close-knit and said that “whether we know them personally or not, we’re basically a part of this.”

Three of the seven victims of the fire were children. The fire started around 4 a.m. and spread quickly as residents inside pounded and kicked doors to wake loved ones and neighbors.Click here to read the full Boston Globe story.

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