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140 People Displaced By Deadly Apartment Fire: How You Can Help


YOU CAN SEE THE CREWS BUSY ON THE REPAIRS, BUT IT’S A BIG JOB THAT COULD TAKE AT LEAST A WEEK. COLORADANS TONIGHT COMING TOGETHER TO HOPE THOSE THAT LAST EVERYTHING WHEN A FIRE RIPPED THROUGH A WESTMINSTER APARTMENT BUILDING. THE FIRE OVER THE WEEKEND AT THE APARTMENTS PUT ABOUT 140 OUT OF THEIR HOMES. 2 PEOPLE DIED IN THE FIRE. WE LEARNED TODAY THAT THEY WERE MARGARET KELLY FROM WESTMINSTER, AND LEA HAMILL FROM FLORIDA. THREE PEOPLE ARE STILL IN CRITICAL CONDITION. A CENTER IS NOW OPEN TO HELP THOSE THAT LOST SO MUCH. TORI MASON HAS MORE. REPORTER: MORE THAN 100 PEOPLE LOST NEARLY EVERYTHING THEY OWNED SUNDAY, AND THOSE THAT DIDN’T HAVE BEEN ASKING TO GO BACK INTO THEIR UNITS AND SEE WHAT THEY MIGHT HAVE LEFT, BUT IT’S STILL TOO DANGEROUS FOR THEM TO EVEN GO INSIDE AND CHECK. THAT’S WHY THIS COMMUNITY IS COMING TOGETHER TO HELP MAKEUP FOR WHAT THESE NEIGHBORS HAVE LOST. FOR THE NEXT THREE WEEKS THE OLD RODEO MARKET IN WESTMINSTER WILL ACT AS THE WESTBURY FIRE DONATION CENTER. EVERY DAY FROM 8:00 TO 6:00, VOLUNTEERS WILL BE HERE READY TO COLLECT DONATIONS. WHILE TOYS ARE NOT ON THE LISTER, ONE WOMAN — LIST, ONE BROUGHT IN SEVERAL DOLLS HOPING TO PUT THE SMILES ON THE FACES OF LITTLE GIRLS THAT LOST THEIRS. IN JUST A MATTER OF HOURS, A BUILDING FULL OF PEOPLE THAT LOST ITEMS THAT CAN NEVER BE REPLACED, TWO EVEN LOST THEIR LIVES. SO WHEN THE COMMUNITY HEARD ABOUT THE CHANCE TO HELP, THEY JUMPED AT THE OPPORTUNITY. SO WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DO IN THIS BUILDING IS SET UP BASICALLY A STORE FRONT SO THEY CAN COME IN AND SHOP AND MAKE THOSE CHOICES. DRESSES AND STUFF THAT I’M PROBABLY NOT GOING TO WEAR SINCE I’M RETIRED, BUT THERE ARE PROFESSIONAL PEOPLE OUT THERE. WHEN YOU LOSE EVERYTHING, YOU LOSE EVERYTHING. REPORTER: EVEN THOUGH THIS IS JUST IF FIRST DAY OF COLLECTIONS, THIS ROOM HAS A LOT OF EMPTY SPACE FOR DONATIONS THAT NEED TO BE FILLED. IF YOU WANT TO MAKE A MONETARY DONATION, THEY ASK YOU TO GIVE IT TO THE AMERICAN RED CROSS OR SALVATION ARMY. IF YOU GO TO WWW.CBSDENVER.COM, WE HAVE A LIST OF ITEMS THEY NEED AND CANNOT ACCEPT.

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