Westgate Condo Fire: How to Help

Submitted by Brian via ReportIt!

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Following a massive fire that left dozens of people homeless on March 10, 2015, the community is coming together to help the victims put their lives back together.

The city of Warwick recommends that all residents impacted by the fire contact Churchill & Banks at (401) 273-8010 to make arrangements to retrieve their personal belongings.

For those looking for a way to help the fire victims, here are some of the ongoing efforts:

Texas Roadhouse in Warwick

  • 1200 Quaker Lane, Warwick
  • Fundraiser Night: Thursday, March 19, 3:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
    • 10% of proceeds will go to American Red Cross
  • Accepting donations from March 16-March 20
    • Clothing of all sizes including children’s clothing
    • Diapers
    • Blankets
    • Children’s toys

Thayer Arena Free Skate

  • Sunday, March 22, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • 975 Sandy Lane, Warwick, Rhode Island 02889
  • Donations and proceeds go to fire victims


  • Thursday, March 26
  • Denny’s will donate 20 percent of sales to victims

Westgate Fire Fund

  • Westbay Community Action
  • 224 Buttonwood Avenue, Warwick, Rhode Island 02886
  • Checks should be made payable to the Westgate Fire Fund.

The Rhode Island Chapter of the American Red Cross

American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary

  • Margaret Walsh
  • (401) 726-2126

City of Warwick Department of Human Services

  • Patti St. Amant
  • (401) 468-4108

Micozzi Management Inc.

  • J. Aaron Broccoli
  • (401) 946-3010

United Way


A GoFundMe page has been set up for the Thornley family, who lost all of their possessions in the blaze. Details »

John and Ashley have a newborn baby Details »

Gene and Kim Brown also have a baby and lost everything in the fire. Details »

Jason Boulay is a veteran who served in Afghanistan. Details »

This fire victim lost her dog and her belongings. Details »

Patti Cahir lived at the Westgate Condos and lost everything she owns. Details »

A couple is expecting a baby in July lost everything. Details »

David Genest Jr and Courtney Lemay, who are expecting their first child, a son in early June.  Details »

Jim Simmons and his wife Susan not only lost all personal possesions they also lost their two cats Freddie and Lucy.   Details »

Dave Santurri and his partner Jenn lost all of their material possessions in a fire at their apartment building. Details »

Barbara Flaherty and her young son rented the condo, did not have renters insurance and have lost everything. All she has left if the clothes she wore to work on the day of the fire. Details »

If you know of another fundraising page for victims of the fire, send us an email at desk@wpri.com.

*According to GoFundMe’s safety and security page, “there is no way to 100% guarantee that a user’s GoFundMe donation page contains accurate or truthful information. As such, donors should not make payments to any campaigns or people unless they fully understand and trust the cause presented.”

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