July 30, 2014 5:44 pm
Updated: July 30, 2014 7:14 pm

Community rallies behind New Brighton fire victims

CALGARY- A community is rallying around three Calgary families who lost everything when their New Brighton homes were destroyed by a fire on Tuesday.

The blaze started in a house owned by a young couple with a three-year-old son, then spread to homes on either side.

Fortunately everyone got out safely, but there is little left behind other than the burnt wreckage.

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Now, businesses from the nearby South Trail Crossing shopping district are pitching in to help.

“Our hearts really go out to these families,” says Steve Redfern from the South Trail A&W. “I hear there’s some great people affected.”

The restaurant is putting on a Show ‘N Shine on Thursday evening, which will have a fundraiser raffle and a 50/50 draw to benefit the victims.

Friends and coworkers are also collecting cash and gift cards through the South Trail GoodLife Fitness, and have also set up a Facebook page.

Meantime, fire investigators are still trying to determine what sparked the blaze.

“They are confident the fire started at the rear of the home, and continue to interview all the people who may have witnessed the fire and were in the vicinity at the time,” explains Carol Henke from the Calgary Fire Department.

16 homes were evacuated due to concerns over air quality.

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