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Prescott Fire, Mayor help family displaced by blaze

Prescott firefighters check out at Walmart on Saturday, Dec. 23, buying clothes and other items for a local family that was displaced Friday by a house fire.
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Prescott firefighters check out at Walmart on Saturday, Dec. 23, buying clothes and other items for a local family that was displaced Friday by a house fire.

Prescott Fire Department, with assistance of the Prescott Firefighter’s Charity, Arizona Crisis Team (ACT), and Prescott Mayor Greg Mengarelli, came to the aid of a family of nine — five adults and four children — that was recently displaced by a fire.

Local firefighters responded to a structure fire on Lincoln Avenue early Friday morning, Dec. 22, and found an attic fire in progress, according to a news release.

While the firefighters were able to put out the fire and even save the Christmas presents, the family was displaced from the home and their personal possessions were ruined.

“From what I understand, they lost everything in the fire,” Mengarelli said Saturday.

The Arizona Crisis Team provided initial assistance to the family, helping to get them into two hotel rooms while the Red Cross has stepped in to help keep the family in a hotel until the homeowner’s insurance kicks in.

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Prescott firefighters, members of the Arizona Crisis Team, Mayor Greg Mengarelli and two of his children bought a host of clothes Saturday at Walmart to aid a family whose home was burned and belongings destroyed Friday. The shopping spree, paid for by the Prescott Firefighter’s Charity, helped the family of nine.

To further aid the family, the Prescott Firefighter’s Charity provided support by financially backing a shopping run early Saturday morning, Dec. 23. The charity footed the bill as three engine companies, members of ACT, and the Mayor with two of his children descended upon Walmart and bought $700 worth of winter clothing for the four children. An additional $200 in gift cards were also purchased to help with any other immediate needs.

“It was pretty funny,” Mengarelli said about his children’s participation. “My daughter was pretty busy helping the firefighters. I don’t think they do a lot of Christmas shopping for their families, so she was helping out.”

Mengarelli noticed several customers in Walmart even decided to hand the firefighters money to assist in the purchases.

“They could kind of tell what was going on,” Mengarelli said.

The engine companies that fought the fire were able to hand deliver the gifts to the appreciative family later Saturday morning.

“We went up to the motel there and handed them mostly clothes and a few toys and had a little picture there next to the fire truck,” Mengarelli said. “It was a lot of fun.”

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