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November 16, 2013

Immediate action called for on burned building

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“I had this lady ... she had heard about the fire, and she donated a whole complete bedroom set to me,” he said. “It was amazing.”

The Store Tavern in Plattsburgh held a benefit to help Johnson with expenses, he said.

He also expressed his gratitude to the North Country Chapter of the American Red Cross, which provided him with basic necessities and a motel room to stay in until he was able to find a place to live.

“It’s overwhelming the support and help they (Red Cross) give.”

‘BACK ON FEET’

Like Johnson, SUNY Plattsburgh senior Alex “Oliver” Bender watched 15 Couch St. burn the night of the fire; he also lost all the belongings in his apartment.

Bender said he believes he was the only one living in the building with renter’s insurance.

“I got my check back. I’m finally just starting to get everything back together.”

He purchased a new couch and bed this week.

Right after the fire, he stayed in a SUNY Plattsburgh dormitory room for several days until he was able to find another apartment.

Organizations at the college were able to raise money for those affected by the fire, he said.

“It made me feel great,” Bender said. “I never expected the community to go so far out of the way (to help).”

Email Felicia Krieg:fkrieg@pressrepublican.comTwitter: @FeliciaKrieg

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