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Family still needs help

February 06, 2000|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

A Hagerstown family of four displaced by a fire last week on George Street is seeking contributions of clothing, toys and furniture to replace items lost in the blaze.

But more than anything else, Deborah Smith and her three children have been struggling to find a new place to live.

Smith said she has had to take time off from work since the Tuesday fire to try to find a new three-bedroom apartment. So far she has been unsuccessful, and for now she is staying with relatives.

Before the fire, Smith and her children lived in a brick house at 618 George St.

The fire started in the house next door at 620-622 George St. and spread to 618 George St. Fire investigators said last week that the blaze may have been caused by a faulty cord to a refrigerator.

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Smith said her former home may look all right from the outside, but the fire caused heavy damage to the interior.

Smith, 34, said her family especially need beds, clothes, including girls size 12 and boys size 14, and help finding a new place to live.

Those interested in helping the family can contact Smith at 301-739-1251.

Donations are also being taken for the Reilly family, who were displaced by the same fire.

Those interested in mailing donations may send them to the Reilly Fire Relief Fund at Home Federal Savings Bank, c/o Sareen Hebb, 126 W. Washington St., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Donations of clothing, furniture and other items for the Reilly family may be directed to 531 Salem Ave., first floor.

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