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Loveland rebuilding after fire, raising money for victims

LOVELAND, OH (FOX 19) -

Help is on the way for residents who were devastated by the fire that ignited part of downtown historic Loveland.

Five residents were displaced and some businesses destroyed when flames tour through several buildings early Sunday morning.

Now groups like the Little Miami River Chamber of Commerce are trying to help. 

"A lot of the folks just got out with the clothes on their back," said Cee Cee Collins, with the chamber. "So we figured they need immediate help so we are gathering gift cards so we can get them right to them so they can go get clothes or work supplies and in some cases bedding."

When Terry Cole got the call early Sunday morning, at first, he thought his friend was playing a joke.

"I didn't take him seriously at first and then he was like, 'no, you need to get down here it's blazing,'" he said. 

The Loveland community is pitching in to help the victim's, donating things like cash and gift cards, but if nothing else, leaving a few words of support for their recovery.

Bon Furniture is also trying to get together mattresses and other bedding supplies for those impacted.

"We are working with a couple of construction folks that build homes and they have access to some extra homes that are not being utilized so we are going to temporary house them there," said Collins.

Despite the fire damage, people were still out and about on Memorial Day.

Collins stressed it is important to know the city remains open following the fire.

Officials believe an electrical short in Tano's Bistro triggered the fire. The two buildings housed other businesses and five apartments.

"Thank God no one got hurt so we're thrilled about that but it has been very devastating and this is where Loveland really shines and we do our best work so we're coming together," Collins said. 

Organizers hope to bring in a couple of hundred dollars at the Loveland Farmers Market, and the chamber is also collecting gift cards for the victims. Anyone wanting to help can call 513-683-1544.

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