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Fellow apartment dweller is helping displaced neighbors

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staff, Gazette
February 23, 2013

— Angelia Hamann lives in a west-side apartment building next to the one that burned Thursday. Her father is a resident who lived in one of the 12 apartments lost in the fire at the Franklin Court Apartments.

The displaced residents also lost their belongings, so Hamann has put out the word: Anyone with clothing, furniture, personal-care items, bedding, pet food and the like may bring them to her.

Hamann lives in one of three 12-unit buildings that make up the apartment complex. She received permission from landlord Mike Scieszinski to set up a place for donations in one of the buildings, she said.

Best Events Catering donated tables and coat racks so residents can more easily find what they need, Hamann said.

Everyone displaced by the fire has been contacted and knows where to come to pick up items, she said.

“It’s a community thing. Everybody’s pulling together to help each other,” Hamann said.

It was originally reported that six families lost their homes and belongings, but Hamann and the Red Cross said all 12 apartments were occupied.

Some families are living in vacant apartments in the other two buildings, Hamann said, and in one case, two families have moved into the apartment of another family.

Hamann wasn’t sure how many people were displaced. She figures more than 20 adults and at least 10 juveniles. The Red Cross had a similar estimate.

People are sleeping on air mattresses donated by the Red Cross, so furniture is one of the biggest needs, Hamann said.

There’s no word yet on the cause of the fire, which appears to have started in the basement.

Hamann said she would find a place to donate any excess donations.



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