JEFFERSON COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Over a dozen residents are now without a place to live after a fire broke out in an apartment building in Falls Creek Sunday evening.
More than 10 crews were called to the fire on Main Street Sunday around 6 p.m. to battle the blaze. Fire officials said that the 16 people living inside of the building were able to get out without injuries.
The building is a total loss, leaving all 16 without their homes. Crews spent multiple hours battling hot spots and flames coming up through the walls.
State fire marshals and the Falls Creek Fire Department are investigating what caused the fire that has now left those six families homeless.
Shocked and devastated are words Kayla Swatsworth, who resided in the apartment above the one that first started the fire, would use to describe her situation. She lost everything last night, including her dog.
“Still, I don’t feel like it’s even real yet,” Swatsworth said. “You go to work, and you think you’re going to come home to your house and your belongings and your dog. And then you come home and everything is gone.”
But she’s finding comfort from her community.
Within this difficult time, an outpouring of support. Tim Britton, the owner of the apartment building has started a collection site in his office. Donations have already started coming in from the community.
“Overwhelming support of people telling us, ‘what can I do? Give me clothes and shoe sizes,” Britton said.
They have already received more than a half dozen boxes of food, snacks and cash donations.
Britton has opened a bank account to store the relief funds, which he says will go a long way. But the needed items for these families also comes down to the basics.
“All of their kitchen appliances and food. So, just things that are around your house. They have probably nothing salvageable,” Britton said.
Britton and his team add they will continue to help everyone who lost their home last night throughout this long process of getting these families back on there feet and under a permanent roof.
If you want to make a donation, you can call Tim Britton Construction at (814) 375-9388 to set up donations. Donations can be dropped off at Britton’s office, located at 109 N Main St. Falls Creek, Pa.
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