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Nonprofit 'pays it forward' to help Shelton fire victims

ANSONIA, CT (WFSB) -

A nonprofit thrift store in Ansonia pledged Friday to help the 28 victims of a massive apartment fire on Howe Avenue in Shelton.

Volunteers at My Sister's Place, which typically helps domestic violence victims, said they know what it's like to start over after a fire.

They said their shop was closed for seven weeks when a neighboring nightclub caught fire in March.

The community rallied around them with donations and helped them get back on their feet, according to the staff.

"It was very reminiscent of what we had gone through here," said Arlene Greco, who works for BH Care, the shop's parent company.

Now they said they want to return the favor.

Volunteers have provided $40 vouchers to the victims who lost everything.

The thrift shop said everything from clothes to dishes can be purchased with the vouchers.

They also said they plan on donating some money to a relief fund.

BH Care said it has offered free counseling to anyone who needs it.

"My heart went right to them," said Greco. "Immediately we could connect with what they were going through."

Fire officials said no one was hurt in the blaze.

Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused it.

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