Lawrence organizations step in to help dozens displaced by fire

Lawrence Community Organizations 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 town.The Lawrence Mayor’s office said at least 17 families and up to ’61 people have been affected by the multi-alarm fire that broke out on Crosby Street on Friday evening. Investigators believe the fire started on the third-story back deck of a home and the windy weather quickly spread the flames. The mayor’s office said five buildings were directly involved in the fire, and several additional buildings suffered exposure damage, such as melted siding. City officials said no civilians or firefighters were injured. Lawrence Fire Chief Brian Moriarty added that no pets have been reported missing or injured. Debbie’s Treasure Chest, which provides aid and support to disadvantaged and at-risk families in and around Merrimack Valley, is collecting donations of clothing and gift cards for Crosby Street. victims of fires. “I can’t imagine losing it all,” said Linda Harvey, general manager of Debbie’s Treasure Chest. “It’s just the little things we can help with and that’s what we do.” the specific needs of what these fire victims want,” she said. “We really appreciate the new clothes. We just feel like when there’s a fire, people really want to know they’re safe.”Heal Lawrence, a nonprofit organization in Lawrence that helps people affected by fires or disasters in the city, is also collecting gift cards for victims of the Crosby Street fire on Friday. “I happen to have a volunteer who is reaching out to them now to make Easter baskets for the kids. We give them these things and that 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. “Anyone could have an apartment or a track, we have a lot of people who can use it,” he said. The mayor’s office said gift cards from Walmart, Market Basket, Target, Kohl’s and area restaurants are most helpful to fire victims. except Monday, April 18, which is Patriots’ Day. Calls can also be made to 978-620-3550. Those wishing 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 details.

Community organizations in Lawrence are working together to help the dozens of people who lost their homes in a fire that tore through several three-story trucks in the Massachusetts town.

The Mayor of Lawrence’s office said at least 17 families and up to 61 people were affected by the multi-alarm fire that broke out on Crosby Street on Friday night.

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

City officials said there were no reports of injuries to civilians or firefighters. Lawrence Fire Chief Brian Moriarty added that no pets were reported missing or injured.

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

“I can’t imagine losing it all,” said Linda Harvey, general manager of Debbie’s Treasure Chest. “It’s just the little things 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 children’s clothing of all sizes.

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

Heal Lawrence, a non-profit organization in Lawrence that helps those affected by fires or disasters in the city, is also collecting gift cards for victims of the Crosby Street fire on Friday.

“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 who contacts them now to make Easter baskets for the kids. We give them these 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.

“Anyone could have a flat or a track on one, we have a lot of people who can use it,” he said.

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

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

Those wishing 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 details.

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