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Firefighters collecting donations for Rochester families displaced by fires

Firefighters in Rochester are collecting clothes and other donations for two area families that lost homes over the weekend in separate fires, the West Thurston Regional Fire Authority reported.

Both families include babies and toddlers, spokeswoman Lt. Lanette Dyer said. The causes of the fires have not been released.

On Sunday, a family of five was left homeless after a fire that started at noon destroyed its single-wide home in a mobile home park on Albany Street in Rochester, according to the agency.

The two men, one woman and two boys, one 7 months old and the other 3 years old, were out of the house at the time, according to a news release.

On Friday, a family of eight lost everything when a two-story home in the 6200 block of Prather Road burned. The blaze broke out about 7 p.m. after Christmas dinner, family members told The Olympian. A 21-year-old man was taken to Centralia Providence Hospital for treatment of a minor burn to the face, according to the fire agency.

The family consists of two parents, three children ages 21 to 31, and three children ages 16, 2 and 1.

The fire agency posted detailed information about needed clothing sizes on its Web site, www.westthurstonfire.org. People who want to help also can call Dyer at 360-701-4593.

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