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GoFundMe launched in support of Baden family after Christmas Day fire (updated)

It has already raised over $26,000

A GoFundMe has been launched for a Baden family who lost their home to a "catastrophic" fire on Christmas Day. Launched Tuesday night, it has already raised over $26,000.

Julie Smith and her two sons escaped unscathed, and their two cats were rescued by volunteer fire fighters. But the majority of their possessions -- car, clothes, furniture, electronics, pictures -- were left destroyed in the fire. 

Rod Leeson, fire chief of the Wilmot Fire Department said about 40 firefighters responded to the blaze.

"Firefighters were called to the location for a fire in a garage. When they arrived on scene, the garage was fully involved," he said.

Leeson said damage was caused to areas around the garage and the upper floor.

Family friend Samareh Jones said that it will take "a year or more" for them to get their house back.

"In the coming months, they’ll take it down to the studs and begin the rebuild. The task ahead is colossal – from top to bottom, front to back, it’ll all be replaced and rebuilt," Jones said in an email. 

"Julie is facing a grueling year. We want to lighten the load and show Julie, Jackson, and Aaron how supported and loved they are by the community. With no clothes, household items, car or home, their immediate and long-term costs will be considerable."

Leeson said he wasn't aware of the GoFundMe page, but doesn't seem surprised by it. 

"As usual, our tight-knit little community always rallies, and steps up, and really supports their neighbours in their time of need," he said. 

The goal of the fundraiser is $50,000. You can donate here

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