Marina Fire Victims Get Some Financial Help

Victims of last month's fire at McCotter's Marina in Washington got some financial help Friday.

The owners of the 26 boats destroyed received money from an online relief fund to help with the recovery process.

The Salty Southeast Cruisers Net and the Waterway Guide, two boating organizations, distributed about $5,000 to the fire victims. They say people across the United States and as far away as France donated money for the cause through their websites.

The organizations say some people lived on their boats and lost everything in the fire, so they wanted to do something to help out. Fire victims like Helen Bass say they're grateful for the support. "Every little bit helps, absolutely. I mean, you'd be surprised at what this little bit can contribute to, the well being. And we appreciate it very much."

The organizations say they'll continue to collect money for the fire victims on their websites through the end of February.

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