Fire displaces 10 occupants in Carson City; donations pouring in

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 10:17 am on Thursday, September 19, 2013

A total of 10 apartments were damaged or destroyed during a Sept. 10 fire at Carson Place Apartments, leaving multiple families displaced.

CARSON CITY — Multiple families have been displaced since a fire destroyed or damaged about half the units at Carson Place Apartments earlier this month.

Fire departments from Carson City, Crystal Township, Hubbardston, Perrinton and Sheridan all responded to the apartments the afternoon of Tuesday, Sept. 10. The cause of the fire has not yet been released.

Carson Place Apartments manager Carla Coleman said 10 of the 22 units at the complex were affected by the fire. She thinks four of the units can be salvaged and ready for residency by this week, but six other units will need to be completely rebuilt.

Coleman declined to give the name of the person or people who lived in apartment 430, which was where the fire originated.

As Carson Place Apartments rebuilds, donations have been pouring into Carson City Hall and the Carson City Police Department, according to police officer Jason Pattok.

“We have been getting quite a few donations,” he said. “We have one of our garage bays completely full of items, including clothes and food. We have a lot that hasn’t been picked up yet by the affected families.

Repair crews were at Carson Place Apartments on Tuesday, doing electrical work and installing new carpeting.

We’ve been reaching out in collaboration with Carla to get families these items. We are still accepting donations.”

Carson City Hall is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Pattok said if anyone wishes to donate after hours, they can call the police department at (989) 584-6448 and a police officer will open up the garage to accommodate the donations.

Heather Hoppough and her three sons, ages 7, 2 and a premature baby now 5 weeks old, were one of the multiple families displaced after the fire. Hoppough and her sons are currently staying with Hoppough’s sister,  according to her mother, Karen Hoppough of Ionia.

Karen Hoppough said her daughter was able to salvage a few items from the fire, but still needs blankets of all sizes, furniture and electrical appliances. She said people have already been kind enough to donate clothes to the family.

“People keep asking, ‘what do you want?’ We say let’s not focus on ourselves,” said Karen Hoppough. “We’re trying to donate some of the things that have been donated to us.”

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