Donations for Brickhaven fire victims fill 30 trucks



Posted on April 18, 2014 at 6:49 PM

Updated Saturday, Apr 19 at 9:51 AM

SPOKANE, Wash.— The Spokane community filled more than 30 truckloads of donations in one week for victims of the Brickhaven Complex fire.

The families who lost their homes in a North Spokane apartment fire in April found a place to stay thanks to donations from the community. The fire destroyed the Brickhaven aprtments on Atlantic and displaced 55 people. Many people lost everything.

The residents were overwhelmed with the help from the community.

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“It's just wonderful, now we're pretty much back to normal,” said fire victim Harld Anien.

Anien did not know where he and his family would love. One week after the fire, he will move into his new apartment. Anien said it is because of the community’s donations that he, his wife and his six children will have everything they need to start over.

Donations filled more than 30 truckloads of donations in one week. Mounds of women’s, men’s and children’s clothing along with piles of shoes filled those trucks.

Fire victim Shannon Brown was one of many people loading up with donated items at an office on Atlantic and Wedgewood Avenue. She said she could not believe how quick the community stepped up to help.

"It's amazing that people who don't even know us care enough,” said Brown.

Spokane community members also filled a storage unit on Havana and Second Avenue with beds, tables and couches. Those items will be used in the fire victims’ homes.

Volunteers were no longer taking donations on Friday. Furniture can be donated to Catholic Charities Furniture Bank on 5th Avenue.

The fire victim’s did need help moving into their new homes. If you would like to help, you can email April Kinney at

The Red Cross closed their shelter for the families on Friday. The families who were there all moved into new housing.

The fire remained under investigation on Friday.