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Newporter Fundraiser Brings in $6,000 for Apartment Fire Victims

Newport Hills Community Church raised $6,000 to help six families find new places to live after their apartments were destroyed by the Newporter Apartment fire last month.

Newport Hills Community Church raised $6,000 for six families left homeless after the Newporter Apartment fire last month.

The Newport Hills Community Church held a weekend pancake fundraiser to raise funds to help find housing for them.

Pastor Paul Burnham thanked the community for their donations in an email:

A great big thank you to all of you for your donations of food, supplies, service and getting the word out to your circles of influence. Because of your help and sacrifice we raised over $6,000 for the apartment fire victims, and there is still more coming in. I should know by Thursday what the total is and will be calling the 6 victims to come and get over $1,000 a piece to help them get back on their feet. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! When I call the people and give them the money I will be asking them about clothing, furniture and household needs so that I can make a list of further help that we can give them.

The families lost their apartments after a fire that broke out on the roof of one of the buildings in the Newporter Apartment complex, 5900 119th Ave. SE, Bellevue. 

Ten apartments had water or fire damage, and four with minor damage, according to the Bellevue Fire Department last month. The other six apartments would require more extensive repairs.

Bellevue Fire investigators determined the fire was accidental, originating in a utility chase onthe top floor, according to the Bellevue Fire Department. Construction workers covered the utility chase, including a fireplace flue, when they replaced the roof. Damage is estimated at $300,000.

No injuries were reported. The building had a working fire alarm system but no sprinklers, according to the Bellevue Fire Department.

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Earlier coverage:

Bellevue Firefighters Respond to Two-Alarm Fire in Newport Hills

Newporter Apartment Fire Displaces Ten Families Overnight

Newport Hills Community Church to Hold Fundraiser for Families Left Homeless by Newporter Fire

Heidi Dean December 12, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Newport Hills is a truly wonderful community. The response to the church's fundraiser is just one example of how Newport Hills residents look out for each other. I feel very lucky to live in this neighborhood. An account was set up for the fire victims at the Key Bank on Coal Creek Pkwy. You can donate to that account by notating "Newporter fire victims" on your donation. If you have clothing, furniture or household goods you'd like to donate to help the displaced families please contact Pastor Paul Burnham, Sr. at nhccpastorpaul@cs.com or 425-746-8034.
Venice Buhain December 12, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Thanks, Heidi, for the additional information!
Margaret Santjer December 12, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Heidi, Agreed -- what a great turnout to support these families.

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