Chinatown Family Crowdfunds for Relocation After Devastating Five-Alarm Fire

Posted on: May 3rd, 2022 at 5:02 am by

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A family has taken to the internet to help raise money for major losses sustained in the five-alarm Chinatown Fire early Sunday morning.

Jorge Cianca, who grew up in the building, created a $20,000 GoFundMe appeal to help his father recover and relocate in the aftermath of the inferno at 6 Chatham Square. (Over $11,000 raised to date.)

“We grew up in this building and our father has lived there for well over a decade,” Cianca said. “We lost around $100,000+ in personal items after first responders told us the fire was under control and to leave without grabbing valuable items. Our dad only left with the clothes on his back, his keys, and his phone.

The campaign notes the “main priority” as being to “secure relocation for our dad.”

As previously reported, the fire sparked in the kitchen of Dim Sum Palace on the ground floor, and quickly spread. Five firefighters were injured battling the five-alarm fire.

The roof of 6 Chatham, and several floors within, collapsed, affecting the overall structural integrity of the building. A full vacate order issued by Department of Buildings remains in place.

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