Trust set up for Victoria fire victims’ families, fire survivors

Proceeds will help cover cost of accommodation, travel or other needs

Emily Morin and Mark Mitchell perished

Friends of the residents who survived the Feb. 16 Johnson Street house fire have set up a trust account to help pay for housing, furnishings and other possessions lost in the fire.

The Trust Account for the Johnson Street Fire Victims will also be available to support the families of Emily Morin, Mark Mitchell and Georgia Klap, who died as a result of the fire, said organizer Erika Verlinden.

“The money’s meant to support them in any way that they need, whether that’s travel and accommodation or helping pay for services or to help the girls who survived set up a new home,” she said.

Three people in the main suite of the home were displaced, while a basement suite appeared to be unaffected by the fire, she added.

To donate to the fund, visit any VanCity Credit Union branch or email johnsonstreetfirevictims@gmail.com to get in touch with Verlinden.

The friends also plan to set up an Indiegogo donation page in the coming days.

dpalmer@vicnews.com