Newport Hills Community Church raised $6,000 for six families left homeless after the Newporter Apartment fire last month.
The Newport Hills Community Church held a weekend pancake fundraiser to raise funds to help find housing for them.
Pastor Paul Burnham thanked the community for their donations in an email:
A great big thank you to all of you for your donations of food, supplies, service and getting the word out to your circles of influence. Because of your help and sacrifice we raised over $6,000 for the apartment fire victims, and there is still more coming in. I should know by Thursday what the total is and will be calling the 6 victims to come and get over $1,000 a piece to help them get back on their feet. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! When I call the people and give them the money I will be asking them about clothing, furniture and household needs so that I can make a list of further help that we can give them.
The families lost their apartments after a fire that broke out on the roof of one of the buildings in the Newporter Apartment complex, 5900 119th Ave. SE, Bellevue.
Ten apartments had water or fire damage, and four with minor damage, according to the Bellevue Fire Department last month. The other six apartments would require more extensive repairs.
Bellevue Fire investigators determined the fire was accidental, originating in a utility chase onthe top floor, according to the Bellevue Fire Department. Construction workers covered the utility chase, including a fireplace flue, when they replaced the roof. Damage is estimated at $300,000.
No injuries were reported. The building had a working fire alarm system but no sprinklers, according to the Bellevue Fire Department.
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