Web campaign launched to help victims of Bold Street fire

A Hamilton firefighter has launched an online fundraising drive to assist victims of the February apartment fire at 27 Bold Street.

Feb. 20 fire at 27 Bold St. left 32 people homeless

The fire burned through the roof of the heritage building at 27 Bold St. (Sunnie Huang/CBC)

A Hamilton firefighter has launched an online fundraising drive to assist victims of the February apartment fire at 27 Bold St. S.  

In a new campaign on the crown-funding site GoFundMe, John Piercy made a Tuesday post saying he’s “on a mission to help those displaced from their homes with no food or clothing.”

The fire started at around 8 p.m. on Feb. 20 in the century-old building’s boiler room and spread up through the walls. Flames eventually streamed from the roof, forcing firefighters to douse the blaze from above.

Thirteen of the building’s 17 apartments were destroyed, leaving 32 residents to find housing elsewhere. No one was injured in the fire, but paramedics treated one firefighter for exhaustion. 

The fire spurred the Durand Neighbourhood Association to collect money for the victims. By Feb. 26, around $26,000 had been raised for residents of the building.

But more needs to be done, Piercy says.

“With one of the coldest winters in recent history, these folks need help,” he wrote.

To make a donation, go to Gofundme.com/7abj8w.

Those who wish to support residents of 27 Bold St. and hear electronic music at the same time may do so at Conscious Groove, a Friday fundraiser at Doors Pub (56 Hess St. S) in Hess Village.

The bill features the electro-swing of Nathan Lovesspaceships, house beats from Russell Leo and the jungle grooves of DJ Donnymac, and much more.

The +19 event kicks off at 9 p.m. Admission is pay-what-you-can, with a suggested donation of $10.

For more information, go to event’s Facebook page