Supporting residents displaced by the fire at Park and Hunter streets

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Peterborough, ON - With the outpouring of community support for residents displaced by the fire at Park and Hunter streets on Sunday, September 20, 2020, people who want to donate are asked to provide gift cards instead of clothing, furniture or household items at this time.

The residents who are temporarily in a hotel are not able to store donated items. They are working with community agencies to find alternative housing.

People who want to donate gift cards for the residents can drop off gift cards at the main Peterborough Fire Services fire hall at 210 Sherbrooke St, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

About 30 people have been displaced by the fire at an apartment building at 386 Park St. N., 384 Park St. N., and 369 Hunter St. W.

Community agencies are connecting with the residents to provide support, including help with immediate needs for shelter, food and clothing.

“Thank you to everyone who has stepped forward to offer support to these residents who have lost their homes and their belongings,” said Jodi DeNoble, Manager, Emergency and Risk Management with the City of Peterborough.

“Once the residents have plans for their housing, they’ll have a better idea of the items they may need and when they can accept any donated items. Until then, gift cards will help them get items specific to meet their needs at this time.”

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For further information, members of the media are invited to contact the undersigned:

Brendan Wedley, Manager of Communication Services

City of Peterborough

705-742-7777 ext. 1636