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Hamilton Heights Fire Victims Receive Donations

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Victims of an apartment fire in Manhattan last week are getting some relief, as nonprofits and city organizations have been gathering donations of cash, clothing and other supplies.

They were given to some of the 70 people made homeless by the fire in Hamilton Heights.

Recipients said the days since the fire have been tough, but they are grateful for the help.

"Now we have to live in an old apartment, in the Bronx, maybe. We don't know what we're going to do," said Maky Leugo, who lost his home in the fire.

"We lost most of our belongings, but we're not really worried about that right now. We're just really happy that we weren't around the fire or even in the building when it happened," said Avimael Guzman, who lost his home in the fire.

"I'm so proud of the way New Yorkers have responded to this crisis," said City Councilman Mark Levine of Manhattan. "We've had an outpouring of donated clothing and household goods and funds. People are sending in checks."

Melisa Mendez, 15, died in the fire.

A wake was held for her Thursday.

Funeral services are planned for Friday at 9 am.

Her body will be flown to the Dominican Republic for the burial.

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