Community pitches in to help victims of apartment explosion

An explosion severely damaged an apartment in Lebanon.
An explosion severely damaged an apartment in Lebanon.

LEBANON, OH (FOX19) - The community is stepping up to help 11 families who were displaced after an apartment explosion and fire earlier this month.

The fire occurred Tuesday, Nov. 4 at the Steeplechase Townhomes. All 11 families lost everything.

Donations are pouring in to help them.

"We just felt their loss is, couldn't imagine it, and what ever we could do to help, we would like to help," said Tim Bashford, who is donating items to the victims."

Clothes for boys, girls, women and men, electronics and dozens of toys are ready to be given to the families. Organizers say most of the items were collected Saturday in less than a three hour span.

Members from the community also chipped in to buy $3,500-worth of Walmart gift cards so the families can buy food and other household needs. Organizers say the overwhelming generosity has been a pleasant surprise.

On Tuesday, the 11 families will have an opportunity to go through the warehouse and collect everything they need. All of the items not chosen will be given to local charities.

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