Nonprofit steps in to help victims of Calloway Cove Fire Apartments fire in Jacksonville

Help for recovering fire victims of Calloway Cove Apartment fire

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Tenants impacted by a massive fire at the Calloway Cove Apartments got some help Wednesday as they try to piece their lives back together.

Farm Share, a local nonprofit heard what happened last week and decided to help by delivering fresh fruits and vegetables.

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They brought enough food to help 500 families.

“The officials reached out to us to see what we could do for the families and we decided we would throw an event together and serve not just the households that were effected but (the) community around the households,” said Kara Kearce with Farm Share.

April Sizemore is a mother of two and althoughshe doesn’t live in the complex, she brought her kids to the Calloway Cove Apartments when she heard Food Share was hosting a food distribution service to help families in need.

Action News Jax told you earlier this week when Millennia Housing Management set up a program with the city to find donors to help these residents.

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The fire broke out July 23 and tore through the building, leaving a dozen families without homes.

The fire also sent seven people to the hospital.

A woman and her three children were sent to the burn unit in Gainesville.

Calloway Cove Apartments management and security wouldn’t let us on the property, but we watched as Farm Share trucks spent Wednesday morning driving through metal gates to deliver food to victims of the fire.

An Action News Jax investigation revealed that in the aftermath of the fire inspectors found at least eight fire code violations.

Sizemore says she’s just glad the community is willing to help.

“When the fire happened, I was out at the hospital with my son and we saw two of the kids that was in the fire and it was devastating,” said Sizemore.

Action News Jax did speak with city officials on Wednesday.

They tell us the state fire marshal is still working to learn what started the fire.