Community steps in to help Milford family who lost nearly everything in fire

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A community effort is underway to help a Milford family who lost almost everything in a fire last week.

The family of six who live on Old Point Road say it will be eight months until they can move back home after flames sparked due to a lightning strike during last week's powerful storms. Family members say they fled the home with just the clothes on their backs.

Jorje Araujo was home with his wife and three of his daughters when he saw smoke out of his window, then noticed flames coming from the laundry room.

Araujo says since last week, friends, neighbors and strangers have stepped up to help. Now, state Rep. Kim Rose has organized a clothing drive.

Donations are being accepted at the Beth-El Center on New Haven Avenue from now through Aug. 7.

The family is in need of clothing for four women, one girl and one man in the following sizes:

Woman, 21 years old
Pants: 12-14 adult
Shirts/dress: large
Shoe: 10

Woman, 20 years old
Pants: 4 adult
Shirt/dress: small
Shoe: 8

Woman, 20 years old
Pants: 12 adult
Shirt/dress: medium
Shoe: 9

Girl, 10 years old
Pants: Kids 14/16, XL
Shirt/dress: medium
Shoe: 7.5

Woman, 38 years old
Pants: 5/6 adult
Shirt/dress: medium
Shoe: 8

Man, 52 years old
Pants: 36x30
Shirt: XL
Shoe: 10.5

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