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Volunteers Help Bring In Donations For Displaced Apartment Fire Victims


DESTROYED. A TRAGIC FIRE LEFT DOZENS OF FAMILIES WITHOUT A HOME AND THE VICTIMS HAVE NOW LEARNED ASBESTOS HAS BEEN DISCOVERED ON THE PROPERTY. THEY MAY NEVER GET BACK IN TO SEE WHAT IS LEFT. DILLON THOMAS JOINS US LIVE, THESE FAMILIES ARE IN A TOUGH SPOT BUT THE COMMUNITY IS COMING TOGETHER. THE FEAR IS THOSE FIBERS THAT WERE LOCATED WILL PREVENT ANYONE FROM RETURNING OR COLLECTING THE ITEMS THEY NEED. Reporter: TODAY AS THEY CONTINUE TO FIND OUT WHAT WENT ON AND WHAT HAPPENED, WE VISITED A DISTRIBUTION CENTER BEHIND ME TO SEE HOW THE COMMUNITY IS COMING TOGETHER. OUR APARTMENT IS GONE. Reporter: DOZENS OF APARTMENTS AND RESIDENTS HAVE FOUND THEMSELVES HOMELESS. EVERYTHING IS GONE. Reporter: DANIELS FAMILY IS ONE OF MORE THAN 60 DISPLACED. A RESULT OF AN EARLY MORNING FIRE. THIS WEEKEND, THE FIREFIGHTERS CONFIRMED ASBESTOS FIBERS WERE LOCATED IN THE COMPLEX. MEETING SOME MAY NEVER BE ABLE TO RETRIEVE WHAT IS LEFT OF THEIR BELONGINGS. THEY ARE NOT ALLOWING ANYONE IN THERE BECAUSE IT’S TOXIC. DO I WANT TO EVEN DRIVE BY? WHO KNOWS HOW FAR IT CAN CARRY. Reporter: INSTEAD, THEY WENT TO THE EMERGENCY DISTRIBUTION CENTER. A FREE SHOPPING CENTER SET UP AND RAN BY VOLUNTEERS AND SUPPLIED BY THE COMMUNITY. IT HAS BEEN AWESOME. PEOPLE ARE VERY HELPFUL AND THEY WANT TO KNOW WHAT CAN WE DO TO VOLUNTEER? Reporter: HE SAYS THE OUTPOURING OF SUPPORT HAS BEEN IMMENSE, EVEN TAKING A FIREFIGHTER BY SHOCK. HE SAID WHY DO WE HAVE TO HAVE A DISASTER IN ORDER FOR PEOPLE TO GET TOGETHER? Reporter: THE CENTER IS GIVING THOSE DISPLACED THE ABILITY TO COLLECT NEW DAILY NECESSITIES AND EVEN SOME TOKENS OF HAPPINESS IN A TOUGH TIME. SEEING EVERYONE STEP IN LIKE IT’S A SMALL TOWN COMMUNITY IS OVERWHELMING. I AM GRACIOUS. Reporter: FOR THOSE DISPLACED DUE TO THE FIRE OR ASBESTOS, THE DISTRIBUTION CENTER WANTS TO GET A LIST OF ALL THE PEOPLE SO THEY KNOW WHO NEEDS THE HELP AND WHO MAY BE SWINGING BY HOPING TO GET SOMETHING FOR FREE. IF YOU ARE ONE OF THOSE WHO NEEDS HELP YOU CAN COME HERE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 19, THEY ARE

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