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Fund set up for victims of duplex fire

Eleven people were displaced by the fire on Ostman Road

by: TIDINGS PHOTO - Firefighters survey the damage to a duplex caused by a fire July 16.After an early morning fire displaced 11 people at a duplex in West Linn July 16, Cheryl Hall knew she had to do something.

Her daughter had been involved in the fire, losing her home and nearly all of her possessions in the process. But Hall, a West Linn resident, looked at all 11 of the victims from the 1900 block of Ostman Road and felt compelled to set up a donation fund through US Bank to help them get back on their feet.

“These families aren’t your typical West Linn families,” Hall said. “They make a lower income, and could really use some help.”

The fire, according to Hall, destroyed almost everything in the duplex. The occupants of one unit lost two cars and a motorcycle, and Hall’s daughter’s unit was decimated by fire, smoke and water damage.

According to Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, the total damage estimate was about $156,000.

“Everybody has been left homeless,” Hall said.

The donation fund will be open for six months, and Hall doesn’t have a specific goal in terms of dollar amount. The money raised will be donated by unit.

“The best way I could figure was to split it equally among the four (units),” Hall said. “The whole complex — everybody that lost something.”

Hall said her daughter is living with her for the time being, and the other residents of the building have also found relatives to stay with.

“Most people in West Linn are pretty well off,” Hall said. “And these are renters who didn’t have anything — some are unemployed and out of work.”

To contribute to the donation fund, visit the US Bank branch on Blankenship Road and ask about the Ostman Duplexes fire fund.

By Patrick Malee
503-636-1281 ex
email: pmalee@westlinntidings.com
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