NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Dozens of people filed past a growing memorial outside the Sandy Hook firehouse Thursday night as the smoke of scented candles wafted through the air.
With a wind and rainstorm expected Friday, frefighters set up tents to protect portions of the expanding shrine to the 26 shooting victims killed at nearby Sandy Hook Elementary School, including 26 Christmas trees. The toll included 20 children and six teachers and administrators.
Sandy Hook Assistant Fire Chief Michael Burton surveyed the trees along with his 17-year-old son, Michael Burton Jr., a junior member of the fire department. Both were in firefighter gear and still on duty.
"We're making sure nothing happens to our little angels," said Burton, 52, pointing to the Christmas trees, each topped with a white angel. He was wary of the candles, worried about fire risks and the impending storm.