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Donations pile up for victims of Lewiston fire

LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- After a fire destroyed three apartment buildings and left 75 people in Lewiston homeless Monday, donations have been pouring in to help the victims of the Blake Street Fire.

The YWCA of Central Maine has has received hundreds of pieces of donated clothing, as well as toiletries, toys, and other household items.

The fire started at 105 Blake Street and quickly spread to an apartment building on Bates Street and Pine Street, destroying 35 apartment units.

The families living there lost everything.

Many other small businesses and individuals are joining the relief efforts.

Pipsqueaks Children's Boutique in Auburn posted a Facebook status about donating items, and now the backroom is full with things like strollers, baby formula, and clothes.

Many of the victims of the fire are without transportation or a place to store the donated items, however.

Some people have started volunteering rides to bring people to distribution centers, as the Red Cross works to coordinate housing.

According to the Red Cross United Valley Chapter, at least 25 families are still without housing.

Thursday night will be the last night the Red Cross can put them up in a hotel room.

To donate, or volunteer help, contact:
Red Cross United Valley Chapter: 207-795-4004
YWCA of Central Maine: 207-795-4050
Lewiston Salvation Army: 207-784-2366

Both Pipsqueaks and the YWCA have received many items of clothing, but they need more toiletries and household items.

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