Damage to the Riverfront Apartment complex as seen from 8th Street Northeast on Monday, Nov. 8. Photo by Henry Stewart-Wood/Sound Publishing

Damage to the Riverfront Apartment complex as seen from 8th Street Northeast on Monday, Nov. 8. Photo by Henry Stewart-Wood/Sound Publishing

Riverfront fire caused millions in damage

A GoFundMe fundraiser has been created to support the residents of the Riverfront Apartment complex.

The fire that displaced around 60 residents at the Riverfront Apartments on 1609 8th St. NE on Nov. 7 did an estimated $2.7 million in damage, according to the Valley Regional Fire Authority.

Valley Regional Fire Authority investigators said the $2.7 million accounts for damage done to the building as well as the contents of the apartment units.

In addition to the damage done to the building, over $100,000 in damage was done to nine vehicles parked outside of the apartment complex, according to the Valley Regional Fire Authority.

Four vehicles are considered a total loss and five sustained minor to moderate heat damage, according to the Valley Regional Fire Authority.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Valley Regional Fire Authority, but investigators said the fire started in the carport outside of the complex.

Debbie Christian, the director of the Auburn Food Bank, set up a GoFundMe fundraiser to support the people displaced by the fire. The goal is to raise $25,000 to help the displaced residents recover from their losses and find new housing. The GoFundMe can also be found on the City of Auburn Facebook page.

To add insult to injury, the Riverfront Apartments were apparently burglarized on Wednesday, Nov. 10, between midnight and 8 a.m., according to the Auburn Police Department blotter. The burglary was reported around noon Nov. 10, according to the blotter.

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