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Fundraiser created to help Aurora fire victims

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Updated: December 26, 2013 8:31PM

A fundraising effort is underway for an Aurora family who lost everything when a fire ripped through their home last week.

More than $1,000 has been already raised to help the Dykstra family recoup their losses and start the New Year on a new path. But, there is still a long way to go. Fire officials estimate that the fire caused more than $300,000 in damages.

Valerie and Dave Dykstra were at their home in the 900 block of Garfield Avenue around 10 a.m. on Dec. 18 when the fire broke out. The couple was rescued off a second story roof by a concerned neighbor and members of the Aurora Police Department.

It took more than 50 firefighters nearly two hours to control the blaze.

Both Valerie and Dave Dykstra were injured and taken to area hospitals for treatment, but not without incurring major medical bills.

According to the fundraising website, a job loss left the family without health insurance, and the Dykstras are having difficulties covering even basic medical costs.

Valerie and Dave, along with daughters Victoria and Cecilia, are now without a home, clothes or any belongings, said campaign creator Allen LaFan.

“Many people have been looking for a way to help this family through this terrible event,” LaFan said. “Let us all join hands and pull in one direction to help this family ... and work toward rebuilding a bright future.”

Fire officials said the cause of the fire is still undetermined. Loss was set at $200,000 in damages to the home’s structure, and $100,00 in loss of contents.

To make a donation to the fundraiser, visit:

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