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Funds Pour In To Help Victims Of Deadly Holyoke Fire

Holyoke Mayor's Office

The city of Holyoke, Massachusetts is hoping to raise $100,000 to help the victims of a deadly New Year’s Day apartment building fire. 

A relief fund announced two days after the tragic fire by Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse has already collected more than $80,000.

" We are obviously thankful for the generosity of people in Holyoke and beyond, and we have already been meeting with families about their needs, particular those who must pay for funeral expenses," Morse said in an interview Monday.

Three people died in the fire.  Almost 50 people were displaced.  Many tenants fled the burning five-story building wearing only pajamas and lost everything they owned.

Investigators said the fire started in an electrical outlet on the third floor.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.