Massachusetts organizations step up to help dozens displaced by multi-alarm fire in Lawrence – WCVB Boston

Community organizations in Lawrence are working together to help the dozens of people who lost their homes in a fire that tore through several triple-deckers in the Massachusetts city.Lawrence city officials said 73 people belonging to 17 different families have been displaced by the multi-alarm fire that broke out on Crosby Street Friday night.Investigators believe the fire started on the third-floor back deck at one home, and that the windy weather quickly spread the flames. The mayor’s office said five buildings were directly involved in the fire and several additional buildings sustained exposure damage, such as melted siding.City officials said there are no reports of any civilian or firefighter injuries. Lawrence Fire Chief Brian Moriarty added that no pets were reported missing or injured.“An Easter miracle,” said City Council President Marc Laplante. “It’s amazing that we were able to walk away from this.”Debbie’s Treasure Chest, which provides aid and support for disadvantaged and at-risk families in the Merrimack Valley and surrounding areas, is collecting clothing and gift card donations for the Crosby Street fire victims.”I can’t imagine losing everything,” said Linda Harvey, executive director of Debbie’s Treasure Chest. “It’s just the little things that we can help with and that’s what we do.”Harvey said Debbie’s Treasure Chest is looking for donations such as shoes, men’s sweatpants, women’s shirts and kids’ clothing in all sizes.”We really like to get the specific needs of what these fire victims want,” she said. “We really appreciate new clothes. We just feel as though when there’s a fire, people really want to know that they’re safe.”Heal Lawrence, a Lawrence nonprofit organization that helps people affected by fires or disasters in the city, is also collecting gift cards for the victims of Friday’s Crosby Street fire.”The community is really coming out. We’re just trying to keep them calm and keep them going,” said Wayne Hayes, co-founder of Heal Lawrence. “I happen to have a volunteer that’s contacting them now to make Easter baskets for the children. We give them those things and it keeps them going.”Some of the families displaced by Friday’s fire are staying at a nearby hotel, and Hayes said the next step will be to help them find a new home.”Anybody that might have an apartment or a lead on one, we’ve got plenty of people that can use it,” he said.The mayor’s office said gifts cards from Walmart, Market Basket, Target, Kohl’s and area restaurants are most helpful for the fire victims.Gift card donations may be dropped off at The Lawrence Multipurpose Senior Center at 155 Haverhill St. between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday — with the exception of Monday, April 18, which is Patriots Day. Calls can also be made to 978-620-3550.Those who wish to donate clothing or gift cards to Debbie’s Treasure Chest, located at 15 Union St. Suite 411, are asked to call 978-360-4007 for more details.The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Community organizations in Lawrence are working together to help the dozens of people who lost their homes in a fire that tore through several triple-deckers in the Massachusetts city.

Lawrence city officials said 73 people belonging to 17 different families have been displaced by the multi-alarm fire that broke out on Crosby Street Friday night.

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Investigators believe the fire started on the third-floor back deck at one home, and that the windy weather quickly spread the flames. The mayor’s office said five buildings were directly involved in the fire and several additional buildings sustained exposure damage, such as melted siding.

City officials said there are no reports of any civilian or firefighter injuries. Lawrence Fire Chief Brian Moriarty added that no pets were reported missing or injured.

“An Easter miracle,” said City Council President Marc Laplante. “It’s amazing that we were able to walk away from this.”

Debbie’s Treasure Chest, which provides aid and support for disadvantaged and at-risk families in the Merrimack Valley and surrounding areas, is collecting clothing and gift card donations for the Crosby Street fire victims.

“I can’t imagine losing everything,” said Linda Harvey, executive director of Debbie’s Treasure Chest. “It’s just the little things that we can help with and that’s what we do.”

Harvey said Debbie’s Treasure Chest is looking for donations such as shoes, men’s sweatpants, women’s shirts and kids’ clothing in all sizes.

“We really like to get the specific needs of what these fire victims want,” she said. “We really appreciate new clothes. We just feel as though when there’s a fire, people really want to know that they’re safe.”

Heal Lawrence, a Lawrence nonprofit organization that helps people affected by fires or disasters in the city, is also collecting gift cards for the victims of Friday’s Crosby Street fire.

“The community is really coming out. We’re just trying to keep them calm and keep them going,” said Wayne Hayes, co-founder of Heal Lawrence. “I happen to have a volunteer that’s contacting them now to make Easter baskets for the children. We give them those things and it keeps them going.”

Some of the families displaced by Friday’s fire are staying at a nearby hotel, and Hayes said the next step will be to help them find a new home.

“Anybody that might have an apartment or a lead on one, we’ve got plenty of people that can use it,” he said.

The mayor’s office said gifts cards from Walmart, Market Basket, Target, Kohl’s and area restaurants are most helpful for the fire victims.

Gift card donations may be dropped off at The Lawrence Multipurpose Senior Center at 155 Haverhill St. between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday — with the exception of Monday, April 18, which is Patriots Day. Calls can also be made to 978-620-3550.

Those who wish to donate clothing or gift cards to Debbie’s Treasure Chest, located at 15 Union St. Suite 411, are asked to call 978-360-4007 for more details.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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