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Call to help family hit by fatal fire

One man is dead and four people required hospital treatment after a fire that destroyed a home on Deerpath Drive on Saturday.
Salim Alidina, 59, who was pulled from the fire by members of the Guelph Fire Department, was treated for injuries but was later pronounced dead, a news release said.
Firefighters, police and paramedics were called to the scene around 2:30 a.m. to find the home engulfed in fire. The home’s smoke alarms were working and alerted the residents to the danger, the release said.
Four of the occupants were able to get out, while fire crews rescued Alidina. All were taken to hospital with undetermined injuries, the release said.
Damage to the home is estimated at about $350,000, it said.
A formal determination of the cause of the fire is expected to take more time.
Meanwhile, friends of the family, who were on vacation with the homeowner at the time of the fire, have begun collecting donations to help the family in their time of need.
“They’ve lost pretty much everything,” said Henry Donafeld. “It would be great if people in the community could help out this family.”
Donafeld and his wife have set up an account for donations at the Royal Bank. Anyone who wishes to contribute is asked to visit any Royal Bank branch in Guelph and let staff know the donation is for the family who lost their brother and house in the Deerpath fire.
The Donafelds are also collecting donations of clothing  – women’s size small, and men’s medium, as well as men’s pants size 30 and 34 – for the other fire victims.
They are also looking for a donation of a used vehicle.
Anyone with something to donate is asked to contact Donafeld at 519-836-9954 or, or drop donations off at 70 Hands Dr.

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