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Relief fund established for Chester fire victims

M. Kate West
Chester Editor
12/13/2011

The Lake Almanor Community Foundation has stepped forward to establish a disaster relief fund to assist the two Chester families who lost their homes and possessions to the Dec. 3 fire on First Avenue.

The fire, which originated in the garage of the 259 First Ave. residence of Richard Lebert at approximately 1:28 a.m., spread very quickly to the 265 First Ave. residence of Nick Bagby. The fire consumed most of the two structures and all personal property belonging to the adults and their children.

Foundation spokeswoman Joyanne Soderholm said she spoke with Plumas Bank officials about the fund Dec. 9.

“The bank is in support of our effort to assist the families and will accept community donations at their location,” she said.

She said individuals desiring to make a contribution at Plumas Bank should make out their checks to the Lake Almanor Community Foundation. She also said the comment “fire fund” should be made on the memo line on the check.

Contributors may also mail checks to Lake Almanor Community Foundation, 501 Peninsula Drive, Lake Almanor, CA 96137. Again the memo line should advise the donation is for the “fire fund.”

In other relief efforts, Linda White, the lead volunteer for the Almanor Basin branch of the American Red Cross of Northeastern California, said her agency has made contact with both families.

She said under the guidelines of the Red Cross the organization allows for the provision of a three-night hotel stay and a credit card to assist with groceries and clothing.

“We also directed them to Joseph’s Closet at the Lake Almanor Community Church and made referrals to other local resources,” White said.



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