Relief for Families Displaced by N. Mpls. Duplex Fire

Updated: 02/16/2014 9:07 AM
Created: 02/15/2014 2:58 PM
By: Megan Stewart

A North Minneapolis duplex fire that claimed the lives of five children has also robbed another family of their shelter and possessions.

On Friday morning around 5 a.m., heavy smoke at a home on the 2800 block of North Colfax Avenue near North 29th Avenue quickly erupted into a deadly fire.

It is believed the blaze started in the center of the second floor and then extended to the first floor before climbing to the third, Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel said.

Two families lived in the duplex. The Garrets lived on the first floor and safely evacuated their home during the fire.

Minneapolis MAD DADS has since organized a relief effort for the displaced family.

Clothing is at the top of the list. Here are the sizes for each family member:

  • Adult male (2): Size XXXL and large tops, 34x32 and 40x32 pants, size 8.5 and 9 shoe
  • Adult female (2): Large and medium tops, 11-12 and 14-15 sized pants, size 6 and 9.5 shoe
  • Youth girl (2): Child size 6 tops, size 6 and 7 pants, youth size 12 and 13 shoe
  • Youth boy: Size 5 tops and pants, youth size 11 shoe

Donations are accepted at the Shiloh Temple on the corner of Bloomington Avenue and 27th Street East in Minneapolis. Financial contributions can be made at any BMO Harris Bank to MADDADS: For Benefit of Garret Family.

The Lewis family occupied both the second and third floors. Troy Lewis, 60, and his daughters, Shakka and Elektra, are preparing to bury five of their family members.

To support the Lewis family, donations are accepted at, by searching Lewis Children Family Memorial Fund.

The Minneapolis Federation of Teachers has established a donation site for both families. Donors can support this effort by donating clothing, household items and toiletries to their headquarters at 67 8th Avenue in Northeast Minneapolis. Monetary donations will also be accepted. Please make checks payable to the MFT.

Donations can also be delivered to the information desk at the MPS Davis Center, located at 1250 West Broadway Avenue.

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