A nighttime fire in Spencerville on April 1 displaced two families and two businesses. These two families lost everything, but fortunately managed to escape safely, including pets.
One of the families has five children while the other apartment housed two siblings. The building also housed local businesses Joe Computer, and Trinkets Boutique.
Local residents are collecting money, clothing, and other items. There are three Go Fund Me pages: “Help Josie and Jacob after fire took everything”; “Help a family of 7 who had a house fire; and the third is called “Help Melissa after Fire destroys Trinkets.”
Spencercity Bar & Grill is collecting money or giftcards. Local residents have pitched in to donate clothing for the nine people displaced.
Joe Computer is up and running, their networks were not affected by the fire. They are working from home to ensure there is no interruption in customer service. Trinkets Boutique, opened only a few weeks ago, was a new business for Melissa Rainville.
Edwardsburgh-Cardinal and Augusta Fire Departments responded to the emergency.