Community creates donation fund to help families after deadly Batesville fire

City organizes fundraiser to help 9 people displaced by fatal fire

BATESVILLE, Ind. (FOX19) - A community is coming together to help the families that are now without a home after a deadly fire on Monday.

One person died while nine others were displaced after the Batesville house fire, fire officials said earlier in the week.

The two-story home in the 100 block of North Park Avenue was fully engulfed in flames when crews arrived shortly after the fire was reported at 1:15 a.m., according to a news release from Batesville Fire and Rescue.

Ashley Ketcham says her sister was living in the home with her four children and her boyfriend. She says they were all sleeping when an officer woke them up by banging on the door.

”He’s screaming at them, ’Get out! Get out! There’s a fire!’ And literally when they got out and reached the bottom of the stairs is when when the first explosion happened, so they just barely made it out,” Ketcham said.

April Ortiz, 40, did not make it out, according to the coroner’s office.

A fund has been created so community members can help the nine people that were displaced.

From Sept. 3 through Sept. 18, anyone wishing to help these families can do so by visiting FCN Bank and donate any amount of money into the “Displaced Victims Benefit” account, said City of Batesville’s Community Development Director Steven Harmeyer in a press release.

The account is being overseen by Harmeyer and the Hispanic Community Advisory Committee, according to the release.

”First and foremost our thoughts are with the individual who lost their life in this fire,” Harmeyer said. “But nine people are out of a home right now looking for housing for clothing. They truly lost it all, and if we can do anything to give back to that family and help them get back on their feet, that’s what we want to be here for.”

The money will be divided up between all the families that were displaced from the fire, Harmeyer said.

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