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Donations accepted for victims of Manchester fire

Donations are being collected for a family of five that was burned out of its home on Tuesday in Manchester.

“They lost everything,” said Darlene Piper, who described herself as both a neighbor and a friend of Lori Habenicht, who was home with four of her sons when their house on Klondike Trail caught fire. “Everything was destroyed — all their clothing, toys.”

South Kitsap Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Steve Wright said the fire was called in at 5:18 p.m June 6, and had quickly traveled from the back deck to the house by the time crews responded.

Wright said Habenicht and her sons were all able to crawl out the bedroom window to safety, but that the home was declared “a total loss.”

He said the Pierce County Fire Marshal’s Office investigated the fire, and that a preliminary cause was reported to be a barbecue grill on the back deck that the family said they were having problems lighting earlier that day.

Almost immediately after the fire, Piper said community members began dropping off donations for the family at Manchester Elementary School, but the school did not have enough room to store the items.

“I have a vacant space next to (my restaurant Baja Outpost Grill and Spirits) where I can store things,” Piper said, explaining that she is accepting clothing, toys and small personal property items at the business on Bethel Centre. “If there are larger items (such as furniture and appliances) people want to donate, they can call my office at 874-1265 and we can arrange pick up when they are able to find a rental home.”

Piper said the family is in “immediate needs of donated items for the following kids: Aaron, 16, Colton, 14, Jeshon, 10, and Karston, 6.

She said there is also an account set up for the family at Washington Mutual for financial donations.

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