A two-home house fire on June 26 displaced two families in Totem Lake. Community members are raising funds to help their neighbors. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

A two-home house fire on June 26 displaced two families in Totem Lake. Community members are raising funds to help their neighbors. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

Kirkland community raising donations for families displaced due to fire

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church collecting Fred Meyer gift cards.

Local residents are raising donations after a fire displaced two Kirkland families in the Totem Lake neighborhood on June 26.

The blaze, in the 13300 block of 117th Avenue Northeast, began early Wednesday morning at one residence and spread to the house next door, according to the city of Kirkland. The fire was under control by 10:15 a.m. There were no injuries as a result of the fire.

Due to extensive damage of the homes, the residents are staying elsewhere.

“Fortunately, everyone is safe, but there is extensive damage and aftermath in dealing with this situation for the families involved,” Kyle Hutchison wrote in an email to neighbors.

At his home about a block away, the smell of smoke still lingers, he said.

Hutchison is part of the neighborhood care committee for Kingsgate 1 and 2. The group reached out to the impacted families to assess their needs, Hutchinson said. In a partnership with Our Redeemer Lutheran Church for collection and distribution, the committee is collecting Fred Meyer gift cards for the families.

The gifts, Hutchison said, will be distributed to accommodate the greatest needs of the families involved.

Donations can be dropped off at the church office, located at 11611 NE 140th St., during business hours or at the dropbox on the parsonage’s porch.

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