She organized a relief effort at
The large fire department garage was filled with donations including clothes, food, toiletries and toys.
"I felt we really had to do something for these people," she said. "They lost everything."
Nearly three dozen people were left homeless when one of the two buildings at
Edwards said her mother,
Although the collection effort didn't start until the afternoon, people started leaving donations outside the fire hall in the morning. The fire trucks were parked outside in front of the station to make room.
"I did not expect it to be this big," Edwards said.
"We used to live in
"I have a whole bunch more at home. I didn't want to overwhelm them," she said. "I feel so bad for them. I like to help if I can do something."
"The mildew is going to kill the place," he said.
Mahon said he was able to retrieve some personal possessions and valuables and was staying at the
At the fire hall Saturday, Mahon said he was looking for toiletries; as for clothes, "I'm a big guy. They're not going to have them."
As the brother of a retired
"These guys don't let you down," he said. "These guys are the best."
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