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Benefit held for Buchanan apartment fire victims


Dozens of people were left homeless after a fire ripped through a Michiana Apartment building.

Tonight, the community is helping them get back on their feet.

Thirty-five people lost their homes in the Parkside Terrace Apartments in Buchanan, when a kitchen fire got out of control last month.

Luckily no one was hurt in the fire, but now folks are trying to put the pieces back together.

A benefit was held at the Centennial Pavilion in Buchanan from 6-10pm Saturday, September 14th.

After the night of the fire 5th Gear band member Robert Marker and his wife wanted to do something so they organized a benefit.  "It's devastating.  I wouldn't want that to happen to anybody," said Marker.

The event featured music, raffles, and a bake sale all to raise money for the fire victims.  Marker has no monetary goal in mind, he just wants to help.  "Something to give them back some kind of normalcy."

Rose Reybuck attended the benefit.  She says she knows the fire victims appreciate the help.  "Two of my best friends were actually part of the fire.  One lost everything and one lost 90 percent of it so she lost most of it...they're just ecstatic on how such a small community can come together so quick and with such force and love it's great. "

Even people who don't know any of the victims want to pitch in.  Karen Flenar said, I think it's a good thing when communities can support each other."

That's exactly what this community is doing through music.

If you couldn't make it to the benefit you can still help.  Red Bud Area Ministries is collecting donations for the victims.  You can visit their Facebook page here.


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