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Friends help fire victim rebuild


ROCHESTER (KTTC) -- The State Fire Marshal continues to investigate the cause of an apartment fire that left several people displaced on Sunday.

One woman says she lost everything.

Alyson Lutzke used to live in an 8-plex apartment on 26th Street NW.

But it's now surrounded with yellow tape and the windows are completely boarded.

"That was our home. That was where we were planning on living until we get married and start our life together," Lutzke said.

A fire started in the top level and quickly spread throughout the apartment building.

It's considered a total loss.

Lutzke escaped the fire with her child.

All her possessions, including plans for her wedding next year, are destroyed.

"It's all gone. Everything. And we were saving all our clothes so we could have another kid and those are all gone," Lutzke explained.

Her child care provider, Jackie Seifert, is now trying to find ways to help Lutzke.

"You know, you're sitting there on a couch... they don't have that. They're reaching for something as simple as a toothbrush or a glass to put milk in... they don't have that right now and we need to help them get those things," Seifert said.

Lutzke has renters insurance but it's unknown how much it will cover.

She says no one thinks it will happen to them until it does.

Lutzke wants renters to know to get renters insurance.

Seifert has set up an account for the family.

To help out, stop in at any Wells Fargo Bank and ask for the "Lutzke Disaster Relief Fund."

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