Alexandria neighborhood rallies around two families displaced by fire a week before Thanksgiving – NBC4 Washington

After a fire at a duplex in Alexandria displaced two families – including a little boy and his parents – less than a week before Thanksgiving, their community came together to help with funds, clothes and toys for make sure their neighbors are taken care of.

The fire broke out on East Del Ray Avenue in Virginia on Friday night.

“The two families ran out of the house with only what they were wearing. They wrapped the baby in a blanket and that’s it, ”said Gayle Reuter, of the Del Rey Citizens Association.

The association has set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds to help families find housing and determine their next steps.

“Everyone was going down. Where can we drop off? What do they need? How do we give? So, I mean during the event people asked what we can do. small town, that’s where you get to know your neighbors, ”said Reuter.

David Metzner was not at home when the fire broke out, but his wife and grandson were. He said they just finished renovating the house two weeks ago with new siding and new windows. Now it is a loss.

The support, however, reminds Metzner why he loves his neighborhood.

“Best community in the world, best neighbors. Everyone has been so generous, too generous. I couldn’t ask for more, ”he said.

Neighbors also donated Christmas items, including clothes, toys and diapers.

The citizens’ association set itself the goal of raising $ 30,000 to help these families, and it almost reached it in a single day.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

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