Help Pouring in for Victims of 4-alarm Townsend Fire

February 7, 2019 GMT

A Sun Staff Report

FITCHBURG -- On Monday, the residents of Townsend experienced a devastating loss from a four-alarm fire at Pine Ridge Estates, an apartment complex on 48 Fitchburg Road, affecting 43 individuals.

Relief for the victims is already underway. The Red Cross and St. John’s Church in Townsend have set up a shelter for the victims, open around-the-clock, and are providing three meals a day. Additionally, Townsend Ecumenical Outreach is seeking two or three bedroom apartments in Townsend, Ashby, and Pepperell to temporarily place the families, so that displaced children can remain in their current schools.

If you would like to assist the victims, there are various opportunities available.

Donations can be made to St. John’s Church via Townsend Ecumenical Outreach, 82 Bayberry Hill Road, Townsend, MA 01469. One hundred present of all donations received by TEO will be earmarked solely for those affected.


Online donations can be made through United Way of North Central Massachusetts, by visiting .

TEO is also in need of clothing and food donations. If you have items you are interested in donating, please contact Steve Morency, TEO Executive Director, at or 978-732-4244.

“There has been a tremendous outpouring of help. The displaced families would like to extend their gratitude to the Townsend community for how they have been embraced. Also, the first responder community appreciates the outpouring of support,” said Kym Craven, the director of Public Safety Strategies Group.

For questions regarding your online donations, please contact Maribeth Janssens, UWNCM Director of Community Impact, at or 978-345-1577, Ext. 303.

Questions regarding the assistance of those affected, please contact Steve Morency, TEO executive director, at or 978-732-4244.

If you have questions on this press release, please contact Chief Mark Boynton at or (978) 597-8150.