Help running out for Oaklawn Inn fire victims

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DANVILLE -- It's a story of struggle and survival.

Some Oaklawn Inn annex fire victims are staying with family or friends after Saturday night's fire. Others have no place to go. And help -- and time -- are running out.

Former month-to-month tenants Anthony Feigel and Ashley Goodwin are still trying to pick up the pieces.

"We lost a lot of stuff that can be replaced, and we're trying to come up with the stuff that can't [be replaced]," Feigel said. "It's not easy."

The couple lost WIC coupons in the fire -- assistance intended to support their four month-old daughter until July. But WIC said it can't re-print coupons, even after a disaster.

Help from the Red Cross runs out Wednesday morning. Emergency Services Coordinator, Jamie Davis, said they've done all they can do to help.

"We can't replace their clothing, or everything they had in their refrigerator," Davis said. "But we're trying to help them with immediate needs."

Those needs are supplied for three to four days, said Davis, adding that some of Red Cross' partner agencies in Danville may not have enough money.

And time is running out.

"I don't know what these folks are gonna do," Davis said.

Barbara Carmean is trying to help. Carmean lives in the Oaklawn Inn, but her building didn't catch fire. She started a collection drive for fire victims at the Danville Bar & Grill.

"If we could all just get together and all of us pitch in just a little bit, it would really make a difference," Carmean said.

Any donations can be dropped off at Danville Bar & Grill, 1827 E. Main St., Danville.

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