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Benefit Friday for Highland apartment fire families

Firefighters from multiple communities battled blaze Thursday July 31 2014 condo building 20145 45th St. Highland. | Joe Puchek~Sun-Times Media

Firefighters from multiple communities battled the blaze Thursday, July 31, 2014, at the condo building at 20145 45th St., Highland. | Joe Puchek~Sun-Times Media

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What: benefit dinner for Porte De L’eau Apartments fire families

When: 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday

Where: St. James the Less Church, 9640 Kennedy Ave., Highland

Updated: September 21, 2014 6:20AM



HIGHLAND — As authorities continue their search for the cause of a July 31 fire at the Porte De L’eau Apartments, a local charity is hosting a community benefit dinner for the displaced families on Friday night.

The spaghetti supper will be held from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. at St. James the Less Church, 9640 Kennedy Ave. Jerry McMahon, president of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, said all proceeds will be dispersed to the families who lost their belongings in the fire.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children. Carryout will be available, along with a cash bar, door prizes, bake sale and a raffle.

A special account for donations has been set up at First Merchant Bank, 3853 45th Ave.

McMahon said he’d like to invite the families affected by the fire to the benefit, too, but he’s been unable to get a list of their names from the apartment complex management.

Meanwhile, Fire Chief Bill Timmer said investigators will meet Thursday with State Farm Insurance Co. officials. Timmer said all the residents who have renters insurance have a right to have a representative at the meeting. He expects at least 20 representatives.

The fire destroyed all 24 units of one of the apartment buildings in the complex.

“All the key players will be there,” Timmer said, including an official from the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Timmer said the fire-damaged building will remain untouched until the investigation is complete. “It looks exactly the same; nobody can do anything.”

He said State Farm will hire a deconstruction company to take the building down in the coming weeks.

While there is no official cause yet, Timmer said it’s unlikely it was arson.

“But it’s not done, till it’s over,” he said.



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