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Housing society starts fundraising page for East Vancouver fire victims

Around 40 tenants had to leave their homes yesterday after their building sustained extensive fire damage.

Residents of an East Vancouver apartment had to leave their homes yesterday after a fire started in the building.

Jennifer Gauthier/For Metro

Residents of an East Vancouver apartment had to leave their homes yesterday after a fire started in the building.

A GoFundMe page has been started to raise money for residents of a social housing building that sustained major fire damage on Dec. 20.

Residents have not been able to return to the three-storey building at 1766 Frances St., and some lost Christmas hampers they had received just days before the fire.

Vancouver Native Housing Society, the operator of the building, set up the fundraising page and says the money raised will go towards “emergency costs for temporary shelter, clothing, food, Christmas presents, toiletries and baby supplies.”

The society is also welcoming donations of men, women’s and children’s clothing, blankets, toys, traditional medicines, regalia, gift cards, Christmas gifts “and/or any other items that would support our tenants.”

A spokesperson from Vancouver Fire and Rescue told Metro on Dec. 20 that at least three to four apartments in the building have been damaged by water, smoke and fire and firefighters will have to open up the building to ensure the fire is completely extinguished. 

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