Dollars pour in to help a Rockford family displaced by fire

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A house caught fire Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, in the 1000 block of North Church Street in Rockford.
A house caught fire Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, in the 1000 block of North Church Street in Rockford.

ROCKFORD — In less than 48 hours the Rockford community donated nearly $5,500 to help a family of eight who lost everything in a house fire Monday.

The blaze was reported about 11:40 a.m. Firefighters arrived at the home in the 1000 block of North Church Street to find the first and second floors on fire. Flames spread to the attic and roof before the fire was brought under control.

No injuries were reported.

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Damages were estimated at $40,000. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Shonta Harris, who created a GoFundMe account, wrote:

"My mom and granny and family have been in that house for over 20 years. Everything they work hard for was taken away in the matter of minutes. I'm very hurt, but I praise God that they all made it out alive."

She added, "Any and everything is welcome at this very moment."

As of Wednesday, 82 people donated $5,450. The goal is $10,000.

Chris Green: cgreen@rrstar.com; @chrisfgreen

This article originally appeared on Rockford Register Star: Rockford residents give to family who lost 'everything' in house fire

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