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Family lost everything in fire

Julie Loncich/WCVB

WESTFORD, Mass. —A community is coming to the aid of residents displaced by a house fire less than a week before Christmas.

Slideshow: See pictures of the fire

The Daily family wasn’t home Friday when a 3-alarm fire destroyed their home on Beaver Brook Road. Fire officials say a dryer is likely to blame for the blaze that claimed the lives of the family pets.

“It’s never easy responding to fires or seeing people lose their homes, but especially at Christmas time it’s very difficult to deal with that,” said Lt. Shawn Girard.

The Westford Fire Department wanted to do something to assist the family of five, including three children right before the holidays. The department posted a message on social media, and within hours, the community was filling the firehouse with clothing, Christmas presents and gift cards.

“We had to do something. . . it’s impressive. Great, great outpouring from the community,” said resident Pete Donlan.

“Just wanted to do what I could for them,” said former resident Sarah Lizek.

Donations are being accepted at 51 Main St. in Westford.


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James Jesson/Wicked Local

Firefighters are seeking donations to help a Westford family that lost everything in a fire days before Christmas.