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Outpouring of support for victims of Kamloops apartment building fire

While residents are waiting for the go-ahead to retrieve their belongings, Kamloops residents have been looking for a way to help.

Social media has been buzzing in Kamloops with people looking to support those displaced by the recent apartment fire on the North Shore.

The blaze at the Cherry Avenue apartment building broke out around midnight on Jan. 19. Kamloops Fire Rescue extinguished the fire within the hour, but the entrance still remains closed to the public, meaning tenants aren't able to pick up things they left behind. The cause of the fire is yet to be determined.

While the outpouring of support is generous, it's hard find the right channels to connect with the victims.

One Facebook group called Residents of 435 Cherry Ave is attempting to bring the tenants and public support into one place.

The group's creator, Nicole Gaddie, posted on the page that if residents of the Cherry Avenue need donations they should write what they need on the page. Anyone looking to donate should also post what they can offer so those who need can then connect.

A couple of GoFundMe pages have also been created for some of the tenants, one for Kiran who lived there with her husband and newborn. Another for two sisters who managed to escape carrying their two pets.

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