People from across Thornton and the surrounding area came together Sunday to donate hundreds of gift cards to three families who were displaced from their homes by a fire that prompted a three-alarm response from the Thornton Fire Department (TFD) and other agencies Friday night.
The fire happened on Columbine Circle, which is south of East 136th Avenue and east of York Street. TFD said one home was fully engulfed in flames when crews arrived, and the fire spread to two neighboring homes. Two of the three homes are considered total losses.
To support the 13 people who were displaced by the fire, a gift card drive was held at Tarver Elementary School on Sunday. Principal Chris Trujillo said his staff came up with the idea to help families this way, and the response was overwhelming.