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Community fundraisers created for victims of January house fires in Amherst

Two college-aged women embrace outside the Rolling Green at Amherst apartments Jan. 21 where one man perished in an early morning fire. Some 30 people, mostly UMass students, were displaced.
KEVIN GUTTING

Two college-aged women embrace outside the Rolling Green at Amherst apartments Jan. 21 where one man perished in an early morning fire. Some 30 people, mostly UMass students, were displaced. KEVIN GUTTING Purchase photo reprints »

A fund to benefit families burned out of their homes at Rolling Green at Amherst apartments has been set up at Florence Savings Bank.

University of Massachusetts student James “Jake” Hoffman of Stoughton was killed Jan. 21 and 30 tenants, including four families and 20 UMass students, were left homeless in the fire that damaged 10 units in the complex at 422 Belchertown Road.

As of midweek, fire investigators have not identified a cause of the blaze.

Donations may be sent to the Rolling Green Fire Fund, 385 College St., Amherst.

For more information about the fund, call Sue Morrello at 256-6463.

A separate fund for Stephanie Jernigan, who safely escaped the fire with her two children but lost all her belongings, is being managed online. It can be accessed at www.youcaring.com/help-a-neighbor/Amherst-mother-and-children-who-lost-everything-in-Rolling-Green-fire/40203.

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