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September 26, 2013

Concern for fire victims generates generosity

PLATTSBURGH — As Plattsburgh rallies to support those affected by last Friday’s Couch Street fire, Laura Colon remains focused on the condition of her friend and fellow SUNY Plattsburgh student Alexa Limato. 

Severely injured in the fire at the eight-apartment building and rescued from the third floor by Plattsburgh City Fire Department firefighters, Limato was admitted to CVPH Medical Center before being airlifted to the Clark Burn Center of Syracuse Upstate University Hospital. 

The hospital wouldn’t provide an update on her condition, but on Wednesday afternoon, Colon said she was serious but stable.

Limato, a senior, is a psychology major at SUNY Plattsburgh.

A benefit will be held for her at the Green Room in downtown Plattsburgh today from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. The event will feature live music from DJ FancyMusic, DJ XXX, DJ Skippy and a special guest DJ, and admission donations will be collected at the door.

LONGTIME FRIENDS

The Green Room event is one of several fundraisers that have been organized in the week following the fire, which left 11 homeless, in an effort to raise funds for them. 

For Colon, the Green Room event in particular serves as relief from the sense of helplessness and sudden sense of panic that struck her when she heard about the fire and her friend’s injuries.

Colon has known Limato since middle school in Central Valley.

“If she would have been at CVPH, I would have been over there in a second, but at this point, I didn’t know what to do,” Colon said.

GOOD FRIEND

Colon focused that anxiety into motivation when she learned of the Green Room benefit. Organized by Green Room owner Chris Dumont, it provided a platform for Colon to bring attention to Limato’s cause through a public relations campaign.

Limato’s boyfriend, Brian Carroll, works at the Green Room, and police officers went there to notify him about her injuries.

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