(JTA) — A Brooklyn couple killed in a house fire was remembered as “genuine,” “righteous” and “devoted to family” at their joint funeral.
Mourners spilled outside a Borough Park chapel on Monday afternoon for the joint funeral of Howard and Evelyn Gluck, who were killed early that morning in a blaze that ripped through their two-story, wood-framed home in the haredi Orthodox Jewish neighborhood.
As fire engulfed the home they had lived in for nearly four decades, the couple’s 17-year-old daughter, Chana, stood on the roof shouting for someone to help her parents, who were trapped inside, The New York Times reported. Chana was rescued by firefighters and admitted to the hospital for smoke inhalation.
The cause of the fire is being investigated and it is not clear if there were working smoke detectors in the home.
Howard, also known as Chaim, was remembered for opening the Ohr Chaim synagogue at 4:30 each day for the morning prayer service he attended faithfully. Evelyn, also known as Feigy, opened her home to teach free knitting classes to neighborhood women.
Very little inside the home was salvageable, according to the Times. However, volunteers sifting through the home uncovered an undamaged small velvet bag containing a tallit and a set of tefillin that Chaim Gluck had purchased to give his grandson for his bar mitzvah.