Help Needed For Leamington Families Displaced By Fire

A home on Mill St. in Leamington after a fire on December 26, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Tanisha Johnson)

A Leamington woman is collecting clothing for ten people displaced in a house fire on Mill St. on Boxing Day.

Debbie Ffrench says two families and a migrant worker were forced to leave when the flames erupted at the home between Victoria Ave. and Wigle St. just after 11am.

Fire officials say the damage is estimated around $105,000, but the home is uninhabitable and Ffrench says the residents lost just about everything but the clothing they were wearing at the time.

“There’s nothing left of that house,” she says. “Some of them have nothing at all. They came out with no clothes on.”

She says there are two sets of parents, a 14-year-old girl, a 17-year-old boy, two 19-year-olds who are male and female and the migrant worker who is a man. French says they need clothing ranging in size from medium for women to large or extra-large for the men.

The clothing can be dropped off at Moe’s Coffee Shop on Erie St. S between Mill St. and Talbot St. E It is open from 9am to 5pm.

Another resident, Liz Peters, has set up a GoFundMe account to collect cash donations to help the families out too.

In the meantime, the Salvation Army has provided the families with motel rooms until they can find other accommodations.