Community

House fire brings neighbors together to help

by Robin Gee

House fire on Berry Avenue in Bellevue KYA house fire early in the morning on Sunday, February 26, left a Bellevue couple and their pets unharmed but shaken.

Aaron Vines, his partner, their pet dog and pet snake were unharmed by the fire that left their home on Berry Avenue severely damaged. Vines is a veteran and lost military medals in the blaze as well as most of the couple’s personal possessions.

The Red Cross helped with getting the couple temporary lodging but Bellevue neighbors wanted to do more to help when they learned Vines did not have renters insurance.

After just a few phone calls and messages, neighbors had set up a Go Fund Me account to collect cash donations to help pay expenses. Sharon Culp, who lives 440 Berry, offered her home as a collection point for noncash donations such as clothing and pet supplies.

Amy Jones, one of the neighbors who helped set up the donation account, spread the word using Facebook and Nextdoor, a neighborhood networking site.

“In a time of crisis, it is important to pull together as a community because it not only benefits your neighbors in their time of need but it also presents an opportunity for people to build relationships by working together to achieve a common goal,” said Jones.

If you’d like to help, you can drop off clothing (size 32 pants and large shirts for a man or women’s clothing size 6) or other items on the porch at 440 Berry or make a cash donation through the Go Fund Me account.

Screenshot capture courtesy of WCPO Channel 9 from report “Couple, dog escape Bellevue fire unharmed.

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