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Fire Ripped Through Skillman Avenue Apartment Sunday, Fundraiser Launched for Occupants


March 15, 2016 By Michael Florio

A Sunnyside apartment was destroyed in a blaze on Sunday and residents have started raising funds for the displaced occupants.

The fire ripped through a sixth floor apartment at 47-09 Skillman Ave on Sunday morning.

The fire was called in at 6:51 am, and 12 units and 60 firefighters responded to the scene, according to the FDNY.

The fire was caused by a damaged electrical cord, according to the FDNY, and was brought under control by 7:21 am.  One person suffered a minor injury.

Following the fire, an online fundraiser was launched to helped raise money for the unidentified occupants of the destroyed apartment.

“The apartment is completely destroyed and its residents lost it all,” the Go Fund Me page states.

“As neighbors and even if you are not, as citizens and as an act of kindness we ask for any kind donation that you can give.”

The creator of the Go Fund Me page aims to raise $7,000, according to the website.

As of print time, seven donations have been cast, totaling $185.

The page creator could not be reached for comment.

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Society going down the toilet

Most insurance companies carry it. I use geico, but the cost depends on how much insurance you carry and if you qualify for discounts . For $40 per month, Im covered for up to 75k in losses. Its worth the approximate $10 a week especially in this area with attached houses,apartment buildings ect

Dorothy Morehead

Kudos to Del Toro and others for recommending renters insurance. I always advise my clients to get it.
I have a number of household items to donate. Does anyone have contact info for the family?


I am leery of any Go Fund Me page that does not specifically state who will benefit by my donation. While I would love to help, everything seems very vague here.

Anonymous visitor

State Farm has it too and all major insurance company has it – get it where u get your life insurance

Del Toro

As sad and terrible as it is, and very nice of whoever it is started the fund, why won’t these people buy the cheap but effective renters/coop/condo insurance, I never understand. Compared to homeowners insurance, condo/renters insurance costs nothing. I hope you all consider renters insurance for your apartments so you don’t have to rely on anyone or stay homeless, on top of losing your valuables. In some cases its even worse when the fire was started due to someone else’s negligence in another apartment.

Anonymous visitor

the water the FDNY used to contain the fire ALSO damaged all the other apartment on the other floors below the fire damage apartment – they all have water damage (it was like a waterfall but indoors) and those apartment tenant had been relocated on a temporary undisclosed location.


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