Donations underway for victims displaced in Columbus apartment fire

Donations underway for victims displaced in Columbus apartment fire

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - There's an effort underway to collect donations for the dozens of people who lost their homes in Tuesday's apartment fire in Columbus.

The fire happened at an apartment complex on Martin Luther King Boulevard Tuesday afternoon, and the cause of the fire is still unknown.

Right now the families are staying at the Econo Lodge on Veterans Parkway. Those affected by the fire say they're completely distraught about this tragic event.

"I went grocery shopping yesterday, I went Christmas shopping.  Everything was ready for Christmas day and now it's just ruined, ruined.  I don't even know how we are going to be happy on Christmas day," Ashley Messer said, victim of the fire.

The Liberty Theater held drives for the victims on Wednesday, Dec. 23 and Thursday, Dec. 24. On Thursday, they announced they have received an overwhelming amount of donations and would suspend any additional donations until further notice. At this point, they said it will take them weeks to go through all of the donations.

If you would like to help out with these families in need you can donate to the American Red Cross.

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