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Blair Co. community comes together to help those impacted by fire

By: Lauren Hensley

HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa.-- Ten people were displaced by an apartment fire in Hollidaysburg last Thursday. Now the community is helping with a donation drive.
The fire broke out in four businesses and the apartments on top of them on Allegheny Street.

Three rooms at Zion Lutheran Church are filled with bags and boxes of donations. The items have been donated to the families devastated by a fire that ripped through the buildings.

All these people just came together, complete strangers, Im sorry, I am going to cry, it is hard to talk about, Brittany Potter said.
Potter was one of 10 displaced by the fire. She lived in an apartment on Allegheny Street in Hollidaysburg with her 8 old-month-old son, Bryce, and her boyfriend. At the time of the fire, all 3 were home enjoying a visit from Potter's grandparents.

We just sat down to eat dinner and put him down for a nap, and the chief came out and pounded on the door, and he was like, 'You guys need to get out, there is a fire,' Potter said.

Everyone was able to make it out safely, including Potter's dog, Boo.  

Just down the road from the fire sits the Zion Lutheran Church; immediately church leaders stepped into action to help those impacted by the fire. Volunteers asked for donations from the community and the response was so great three rooms were filled with goods.  Leaders decided to host a yard sale with all of the money raised to be given to the fire victims. 

It is just very, very overwhelming to know that people are so generous and willing to help you in your time of need, Deacon Gregg Weise, said.
Potter has only lived in Hollidaysburg for two years and said she barely knew anyone in the area, but the kindness that has been shown makes her feel at home.

I just want to thank them from the bottom of my heart. It is just like really great, could never thank them enough, Potter said

 
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