Fire Victim Shelter Closes, New Fundraiser July 14th

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The emergency shelter at Lake Burien Presbyterian Church (run by the Red Cross) for last weekend’s apartment fire victims closed last night, leaving dozens of people now fending for themselves, including finding shelter.

Most residents received 3-day motel vouchers, which unfortunately run out this coming Tuesday, July 8th.

This morning, the B-Town Blog received this email call for help from Pam Ward, who, along with many others, is still in need:

My family was one of the families affected by the fire.

We lived in the Tara Apts which were completely destroyed.

I have 3 children ages 14, 12, and 6 months.

We are in need of an affordable apartment.

I recently lost my job and my fiance is currently unemployed,  but we are receiving public assistance until I can find employment.

Any leads for housing would be most appreciated as we have no where to go when our 3 day motel voucher runs out on Tues a.m.

I can be reached @ (206) 444-9038.

Thank you in advance for any tips and/or leads this site or our neighbors can provide.

Bless you,
Pam, Joel, Dylan, Austin & baby Brandon

Here’s a recap of how (and what/where) you can help:


  • If you are a landlord, or know of a place that can house some of the displaced families, please email us ASAP – we’ll pass your info along to the folks in need ASAP.


  • Today (Sunday, July 6th) from 5pm-9pm there’s an all-ages fundraiser at Bison Creek Pizza located at 630 SW 153rd Street (206-244-8825): Sickamore, Jonn Rockwell, Skwish & the Mighty Return of Horsehedd will be playing at an outdoor bash; small household items, clothing and cash donations will be collected at this event.
  • Monday, July 14th, July 14, 2008, from Noon to Midnight, Hillcrest Family Bowling Center in Renton will be holding a major fundraiser, with 100% of all proceeds from all-day bowling and shoe rental going to an already established fund to support these four families.
    • “I witnessed the fire that night, and it was something that I hope I never see again,” says Jerry Clausen, Hillcrest’s owner.  “I was surrounded by despair and desperation, and there was nothing I could do to help.”  Well, that was the night of the fire, but after Clausen and his wife JoAnne found out that the young child that perished in the fire and members of at least 3 displaced families were classmates of their 7 and 12 year old sons. “ I had no choice, this is about family, and taking care of one another, there just isn’t enough of that in this world today,” explained Clausen. “ We have the ability to do it, and others don’t, it’s just that simple.”
    • There will be four collection barrels at the center to collect clothing or other needed items for the 4 families.
    • There will be live music from 6pm on featuring a live band, and a featuring a jam with some of Seattle’s more popular musicians.
    • There will be an opportunity for private donations as well.
    • If Hillcrest gets enough cool stuff donated, they will auction off articles throughout the night.
  • Wednesday July 16th, from 6pm on, at Mick Kelly’s Irish Pub located at 435 SW 152nd Street – a special Silent and Live Auction fundraiser for the families with live music and much more. If you have items to donate to either auction – contact Patty Sader at Discover Burien 206-433-2882.


  • You can make cash donations at any Sterling Savings Bank branch by specifying the “Burien Fire Fund.” NOTE: If you want to donate to a specific family, be sure to let the teller know the name of the family. Sterling Savings is located at 224 SW 152nd Street in downtown Burien; phone is (206) 243-6869 (contact: Lynda).
  • We’ve also heard that Washington Mutual is accepting cash donations for specific families. More details to come as we learn them, but we’re sure that if you drop into any branch, the kind folks at WaMu will have answers.
  • You can also donate to the Seattle Red Cross’ “Burien Apartment Fire Fund.” Make sure “Burien Apartment Fire Fund” is selected in the pull-down menu when you donate.


You can drop off any clothing or small household items at the following (we suggest calling first):


  • As of Thursday, July 10th, larger furniture items can be dropped off at Sunnydale School in Burien, located at 15631 Des Moines Memorial Drive. If you have a larger item, please call either Erin or Lindsay at Collins Chiropractic (206-242-0998), or Lynda at Sterling Savings (206-243-6869) to make arrangements for pick up of the item(s) if the person has no way to deliver the item to Sunnydale.

More info to come as we receive it of course…

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