The Rainy River District Victim Services Program is asking local residents to help out a woman who lost most of her household possessions in an apartment fire last Wednesday night.
Program manager Peggy Loyie said anyone who would like to donate items should contact their office at 274-5687 or drop by 334 Scott St.
“She lost everything—she needs household items like pots and pans, dishes, everything,” Loyie said.
“Blankets,” Loyie added. “She has nothing.”
Loyie, who noted the woman’s identity will remain anonymous, said the RRDVSP has helped others in similar straits.
“That’s why we’re here, to respond to those kinds of needs,” she stressed. “Where else do you go?
“It’s a hard time because she is trying to process what happened, with the loss of all of her things,” Loyie added.
“Sometimes, it is easier for us to step in and help, like we can be the contact for people to call on her behalf,” she explained.
As reported in Thursday’s Daily Bulletin, fire broke out in an apartment on the north side of the 1000 block of Scott Street around 8:30-9 p.m. last Wednesday.
Firefighters responded quickly and were able to keep most of the fire confined to one room, although the rest of apartment suffered heavy smoke and heat damage.
No one was home at the time of the fire, but a dog and two cats perished in the blaze.
An investigation into the cause was continuing as of Friday.