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North Lawrence Fire Department steps in to help family with clothes and toys after house fire

Posted at 10:45 PM, Dec 19, 2019

NORTH LAWRENCE, Ohio — The images are devastating.

"Nothing, there’s nothing left, they couldn’t get anything out," Odalis Ardon Iraheta said.

Ardon Iraheta said her friend Aracely Reyes called her and said her house was on fire.

She rushed over to help put out the flames, but quickly realized this was a job for the fire department and called 911.

"When I saw the smoke outside I couldn’t imagine that they were all inside," Ardon Iraheta said. "I got them out of the house, got them in the car then I went back to get mom."

Now the entire family—Reyes, her husband and two boys—are displaced and everything once inside of their home is gone.

"There comes a time where we think that the bad is taking over the good and today I’ve seen so much good people out there," Ardon Iraheta said.

Since Wednesday’s fire, the entire community has been bringing donations of clothes, shoes, food and cash to the North Lawrence Fire Station after the department put out a plea on social media.

"When this community needs to come together, it does so plus 100," Lieutenant Brandon Johnston said.

Lieutenant Johnston said his phone has been ringing off the hook and folks have been coming by to drop off donations.

"It shows the true colors of this community," Johnston said.

If you want to help out, you can bring donations directly to the fire department located at 4052 Alabama Ave. or you can donate to the family's GoFundMe page by clicking here.

These are the items needed:

  • Boys clothing: Sizes 6T and 10/12
  • Boys shoes: Sizes 4/5 and children's size 12
  • Women's clothing: Size 4 pants, medium shirts
  • Women's shoes: Size 5
  • Winter clothing
  • Food
  • Monetary donations
  • Toys: Cars and monster trucks, Legos, puzzles and SpiderMan toys

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