Fund Set Up to Assist Victims of Dow Street Fire

Here's how you can help those displaced by a two-alarm fire Monday night.

Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll has announced the creation of a charitable donation fund through Salem Five Bank to financially assist victims of the Dow Street fire which displaced 45 Salem residents of the Point Neighborhood yesterday.

Charitable donations can be made at any Salem Five branch or by sending a check to: 

Salem Five Bank
Attn: Dow Street Fire Victims Fund
210 Essex Street
Salem, MA 01970


Financial donations will also be accepted at the Mayor’s Office in Salem City Hall located at 93 Washington Street.


Checks should be made payable to the “Dow Street Fire Victims Fund”.


Additionally, the Salem YMCA has agreed to accept clothing donations on behalf of the fire victims beginning today, May 7th throughFriday evening, May 9th at their downtown Salem location, 1 Sewall Street. All donations will be sorted by volunteers on Saturday morning, and made available to fire victims for pick-up Saturday afternoon. 

Specific clothing requests for the fire victims include children and adult size shoes, pants, and shirts for the following age groups:


- One 6-month old

- 7 Boys & Girls 5-10 years-old

- 11 Boys & Girls 11-19 years-old

- 8 Men & Women 20-30 years-old

- 18 Men & Women 30+


“Not surprisingly over the last 24 hours we have received many calls and messages from Salem residents asking how they can help the Dow Street fire victims,” said Mayor Kim Driscoll. “I encourage folks to make financial donations to the Dow Street Fire Victims Fund through Salem Five or drop off clothing donations of shoes, pants, and shirts at the Salem YMCA between now and Friday evening.”


For more information on the charitable fund or clothing drive, please contact Kristian Hoysradt in the Mayor’s Office at (978) 619-5601 or by e-mail at khoysradt@salem.com.  

wintrovert May 08, 2014 at 07:50 AM
Are you serious? People lost their homes in a fire. Shame on you.
wintrovert May 09, 2014 at 09:20 AM
Because everyone in the Point is a drug addict, right? And if people live near drug addicts, it's sad that they become collateral damage when there are tragedies like this, but hey, let's joke about it, because it's hilarious! I live in the Point. I am not a drug addict, nor do I think those with drug problems should be "punished" by house fires... Because that's frankly ghoulish. When people say things like that, it makes me lose my faith in humanity. Just because you're poor, it doesn't mean you're unworthy of basic respect. You should think about that before you start making snide comments, particularly on an article asking for help for victims of a house fire. Again, shame on you.


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