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Benefit To Help Family Displaced By Fire

Jamestown firefighters pictured on scene of a house fire on Buffalo Street in August. A benefit for the family displaced by the fire will be held Sunday. P-J file photo by Eric Tichy

A fundraiser will be held Sunday for a city family whose home was destroyed in a fire over the summer.

The benefit will be from 5-8 p.m. in the Darrah Hall at Christ First United Methodist Church, 663 Lakeview Ave., Jamestown. The event will include a chicken and biscuit dinner for $10.

The family’s home at 366 Buffalo St. was heavily damaged by fire Aug. 3.

The blaze was reported to the fire department around 7 p.m., and crews arrived to find flames coming from the windows.

Rebecca Nichols said many of the family’s possessions were either damaged or destroyed in the fire.

She said the family has already received support from the community, in addition to aid from the local chapter of the American Red Cross.

“We’ve been taking it day by day,” Nichols said. “There’s just been a lot going on.”

Nichols, her soon-to-be husband David Gray, and their three children are heavily involved in the local Boy Scouts. Nichols said several scout members have reached out and helped since August.

“It’s been rough,” she said. “We’ve had to find a new place to live, but people have helped.”

The fundraiser is open to the public, and tickets will be sold at the door. For more information, call 664-5803.

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