May 25, 2018 4:50 pm
Updated: June 5, 2018 2:14 pm

Donation drive underway to support Dartmouth fire victims

WATCH: The tight-knit northern Dartmouth community is coming together after two fires left over 100 people displaced. Alexa MacLean explains.


It’s been nearly a week since panicked tenants ran outside away from flames shooting through a north-end Dartmouth apartment building.

“The fire happened around 4 a.m. and we abruptly awoke to the fire alarm,” said Angela Rafuse, one of the residents who lived at 81 Primrose Street.

“I was awoken and we did hear somebody in the hallways shouting that there was a fire. So we started to evacuate.”

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The May 19 fire wasn’t the only one that shook members the north-end Dartmouth community. Just hours after the Primrose Street fire, another apartment building broke out into flames on Brule Street.

Officials have since deemed the Brule Street fire not suspicious and say there isn’t a connection between the two.

The Primrose Street fire claimed the life of one person and left over 100 more displaced.

A donation drive is underway to support those in need.

“What we’re doing is collecting very specifically money donations and Walmart gift cards,” Susan Leblanc said, the MLA for Dartmouth North.

Leblanc says all gift cards will be brought to the Farrell Benevolent Society and distributed to those impacted by the fires.

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Despite the emotional circumstances that have left many people still wondering where they’ll go, Rafuse says community support has been present since day one.

“Within minutes the local mosque actually came to our rescue and started taking people over to the mosque and within a few hours, the Red Cross was set up and eventually and evacuation centre. It was overwhelming to the see the support of the first responders, the community, the mosque,” she said.

Donations can be dropped off at Leblanc’s constituency office at 260 Wyse Road, Suite 102 in Dartmouth.

Fire officials are expected to release the cause of the Primrose Street fire early next week.

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