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Accounts set up to help Palmerton fire company, victims

A GoFundMe account has been set up for the five families impacted by the recent fires in the Palmerton area community.

Firefighters battled a blaze Monday morning at 302 Lehigh Ave. in Palmerton in which 11 people - nine adults and two children - were displaced along with many pets. The historical Straup House is a total loss.

That came after Brian and Michelle Gordon, their children and their pets were displaced by fire on Friday night. Their home at 200 Craig St. in Lower Towamensing Township was a total loss as well.

Beth Ritter-Guth of Palmerton organized a GoFundMe fundraiser on behalf of the five families.

“Local generosity has been amazing, and clothing, food, and basic needs have been met,” Ritter-Guth said. “This fundraiser is designed to help the victims secure funds for security deposits, furniture, and new household items.”

Ritter-Guth noted all money will be evenly divided by the five families.

Donations may be made in a gofundme account titled Palmerton Fire Victims Housing Fund.

Additionally, a donation bucket has been set up at the Carbon Mini Mart 2 on Delaware Avenue on behalf of the four families displaced by the fire at 302 Lehigh Ave.

The families are Edie and Larisa DeLeon and their 2-year-old son Alex; Gloria DeLuna and her 3 pets; Katie Haupt and Josh Folio and their pet; the Bush/Haupt Family (Carl, Vicki, Aiden, Amber, RJ and their five pets.

The Palmerton Cat Project posted Tuesday night that the remaining cat was found.

Also, Karen Hess Kaiser said the families in the Lehigh Avenue fire are welcome to come to the Nearly New Shop at 225 Delaware Ave. in Palmerton for clothing.

Her contact number is 484-515-1049, and she asks that the families call her first so she can alert her volunteers.

Recognizing the need for the fire companies to replenish supplies, residents have set up a gofundme account for Palmerton Fire Department Support. The funds will be shared with other departments as well.

Firefighters battle the blaze at the historic Straup house on Lehigh Avenue Monday. Eleven people were displaced. TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS