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House fire brings wave of generosity

By Times Staff Writer
Published February 27, 2008


CLEARWATER   

There are many house fires in Pinellas County every year.

But the blaze on Eldridge Street early Saturday seems to touch people's hearts in a way others have not.

Perhaps it was the thought of a girl walking out of her house, her body in flames. Perhaps it was the dozen family members displaced by the fire.

Whatever the reason, there has been an outpouring of support in response to the injuries suffered by Makeila Pressley, 9.

Among them is Amir Ardebily, 44, who said he plans to donate $1,000 to Makeila and her relatives.

"I just couldn't imagine how the mother feels seeing her daughter burning like that," he said. "It broke my heart."

To help

Donations may be made at any Wachovia Bank branch. To contribute clothes or other necessities, call Barbara Jenkins at (727) 564-4812.