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Neighbors, Officials Rally To Help Wyncote Condo Fire Victims

(Credit: David Madden)

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By David Madden

GLENSIDE, Pa. (CBS) — Two and a half weeks ago, a multi-alarm fire gutted part of the 1600 Church Road condominium complex in Wyncote, leaving residents of 55 units without a place to live (see related story).

Now, those victims are being offered help on a number of fronts.

In a nondescript building at 777 Limekiln Pike, not far from the fire scene, people displaced by the fire can get help with everything from a Small Business Administration loan to getting their prime documents replicated.

And then there are the neighbors who are trying to help the victims get back on their feet.

“We have some general resources that are set up with several thrift stores that are working with our fire residents, giving them various items,” says Nancy Bower (partially hidden in photo), with the group Cheltenham Helps 1600, “and people who want to donate through those thrift stores.  And then the fire victims can go get things from the stores.”

There are also efforts to hook up as many as 30 people with families and churches willing to provide assistance for up to six months.  Efforts are being made to complete that task next week.

The central office in Glenside will remain open until October 29th.

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