Community Reaches Out to Help Former Councillor Recover from House Fire

December 30, 2014
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As a family member remains in critical conditions for bad burns, the family of former City Councillor Marilyn Vega Torres has fought to put their lives together after a tragic fire tore through their home just a few days before Christmas.

In response, the Chelsea community has reached out to the family to start a fund at Chelsea Bank to help out. The bank, at 360 Broadway, has set up the ‘Vega Torres Fire Fund’ and is accepting donations.

Fire officials this week said the injured man is undergoing skin graft surgery and is expected to survive.

The entire family was burned out of their home at 77 Essex St. on Sunday, Dec. 21. The chaotic fire scene included the rescue of a Vega-Torres family member that had become trapped in the first floor apartment. That man was rescued in a heroic effort by Firefighter Angel Arrieta.

The fire completely destroyed a first floor storefront apartment, and caused extensive – but repairable – damage to the home.

Donations of any size can be sent directly to Chelsea Bank, 360 Broadway Chelsea. Please designate the funds to The Vega Torres Fire Fund and 100 percent of donations will be given to Vega-Torres and her family. Any questions can be directed to Joe Vinard at 617.884.5600.


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