Coming together for fire victims

March 22, 2009 12:12:11 PM PDT
A community comes together to help neighbor in need.They sang softly in the cold night air, holding onto candles and to memories of what happened when a fire ripped through a home at 120 West Berkley Street overnight.

A father and two children escaped, but a 16-month-old baby did not.

The baby was asleep upstairs in his crib.

The mother was out working.

The neighborhood gathered together to support them all.

"This neighborhood's a very good neighborhood; it always pulls together. We just want to give a nice prayer and our best regards to the family," Clifton Heights resident Melissa Brunetto said.

Jim Lassiter, a next door neighbor, appreciated tonight's turnout, especially since the fire victims were the ones who told his family to get out. He says he just wishes he was able to help them back.

Today, the community did give back as neighbors donated clothing while children collected money.

The owner of Chickie's corner store started the donation drive.

"Children, old people, young people, everybody, they're bringing whatever they have," Chickie Ceritano said.

The family was not up to talking about their tragic loss, but tonight this community spoke for them.

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