Fire destroys Dorchester home, including family’s Christmas gifts

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Here’s how you can help the six adults and six children displaced by the fire on Avenue de Genève.

A fire destroyed a house on Geneva Avenue in Dorchester, leaving 6 adults and 6 children homeless. Boston Fire Department

Dorchester resident Elissa Harrington had just been shopping for Christmas presents for her children on Saturday when hours later a fire engulfed her Geneva Avenue home.

Firefighters responded at 383 avenue de Genève around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday. On the spot, they found the three floors of the triple storey on fire. Firefighters said the fire was extinguished around 8:45 p.m., but ripped through the house, according to the Boston Fire Department.

Six adults and six children were moved near the blaze, firefighters said. Two firefighters also had minor injuries.

Among those displaced was Harrington, who had just bought Christmas presents for her children.

“It was my first year doing my shopping early,” Harrington said while holding her 8-month-old baby, according to Boston 25.

The family are asking for help to rebuild their lives through a GoFundMe campaign.

“We are now trying to find a new place to stay, but it’s difficult because we live under Section 8,” Melissa Alvarado, the fundraiser’s organizer, said in the description. “We appreciate all donations, no matter how small. All our clothes are gone, all our memories are gone.

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