- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—SALEM — The city is lending its support to the nearly two dozen residents displaced by Sunday morning’s two-alarm fire in a Point neighborhood apartment building.

Seven families displaced by the fire are currently staying at the Hawthorne Hotel after their lives were disrupted by the fast-moving blaze. Those affected by it likely lost everything they had, Mayor Kim Driscoll said.

The property is owned and run by the North Shore Community Development Coalition, a local organization that invests in improving low-income and distressed neighborhoods.

“A lot of these units were families who were struggling, so when it’s a fire, it’s a major setback,” Dirscoll said. “A lot of them lost everything when you have smoke and water damage — furniture, clothes, complete losses. And the understanding is the vast majority of these folks don’t have apartment insurance.”

A fund has been established at Salem Five Bank to help centralize donations and put them to the fire’s victims.

All of the money donated to the fund will go to the victims and helping put their lives back in order, Driscoll said.

“Everybody can relate to the tragedy that occurs when there’s a fire,” the mayor said. “Nobody wants that to occur.”

Mickey Northcutt, CEO of the Development Coalition, said the organization is “working hard to get the families from 71 Palmer St. either back in their homes or in a different home.”

“We deeply appreciate the Salem Fire Department’s smooth handling of the fire, as well as the outpouring of support from the community,” Northcutt said. “Thanks to Mayor Driscoll for coordinating this community effort for these families.”

The building had eight units, seven of which were occupied at the time of the fire. Three of the units were expected to be habitable as soon as late Monday afternoon, while the Development Coalition is working to identify four other units in other properties they own for the other families.

Donations can be made either at the bank or at the mayor’s office in City Hall.

Checks mailed to Salem Five should be addressed to: Salem Five Bank, Attn. Palmer Street Fire Victims Fund, 210 Essex. St., Salem, MA 01970.

The mayor’s office is on the second floor of City Hall, 93 Washington St. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, and 8 a.m. to noon Friday.

For Salem news and story inquiries, email Salem reporter Dustin Luca at [email protected], call 978-338-2523 or message @DustinLucaSN on Twitter.

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