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Fundraising page set up for people impacted by Bon Vista fire

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — As the investigation into a fire at a Morgantown apartment complex continues, a fundraiser for those impacted by the incident is underway.

Four units at Bon Vista Apartments’ Building A were destroyed in the fire on Sunday. Authorities reported no injuries related to the blaze.

Michaela Evans-Everette organized the fundraiser for the impacted residents. She told MetroNews affiliate WAJR-AM that because of the investigation, some people cannot yet return to their homes and assess the damage.

“They were actually waiting yesterday to get the OK from the Fire Marshal to see if they go in to see if anything was salvageable,” she explained.

Abbie Backenstoe was moving out of a nearby building when she noticed thick black smoke from Building A. She called 911.

“You really couldn’t stop watching it. It was crazy,” she told WAJR-AM. “The fire completely swallowed up the apartment. It went from the left building to the right top of the building, then down to the second floor.”

Evans-Everette set up a GoFundMe fundraising page for the families. Some family members have also set up their own pages.

“Whatever anybody is feeling, if they just want to share the post to get it out there, whatever they would like to do to help,” she said.

The West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the fire.

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