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Church to host yard sale for Hollidaysburg fire victims

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. These items have been donated to the families devastated by a fire that ripped through the buildings. Greg Harbaugh is the pastor at the church and said once word spread they were collecting donations, the community response was overwhelming.

"The response was incredible. As you can see around me, behind me there are rooms full of clothing," Harbaugh said. "We have also received some TVs and small appliances and that kind of thing."

Though the material donations have been stacking up, Harbaugh said the major need now is cash. In order to raise some money, the church will be hosting a yard sale at 9 a.m. Saturday.

"We are looking particular to help them with some security deposits and first month's rent, when that is needed," Harbaugh said. "Some of them did have renters insurance, some did not. We will be working with them."

The road in front of the apartments is still closed as the demolition process is underway. The building on the corner was a prominent barber shop that stood for 43 years. Luckily, no one was hurt in the fire, but Harbaugh said those impacted are so touched by the love the community has shown.

"The initial reaction was stunned that they had lost everything but their level of appreciation has been huge," Harbaugh said.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times