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Fire rips through Long Beach Knights of Columbus

December 10, 2012 1:39:41 PM PST
Fire burned through the Knights of Columbus building in Long Beach early Monday.

The inside is nothing but destruction and the roof is gone There are only pieces of what was.

"They were the right hand for everyone. The day after the storm they had food for everyone. They were always there," said Micheline McShane.

In the days and now weeks after Hurricane Sandy this Knights of Columbus in Long Beach was the place where people went to get clothing, hot meals and so much more.

"I think that the people who are left here which are very few that would be the place where they would meet in the evening to have a laugh together so it's pretty sad," said Jennifer Dilchert.

Around 2:30, Monday morning a fire broke out.

Investigators are still trying to determine how it started but they say it's not suspicious.

Eyewitness News is told most of the donations had already been given away and that activity at the center had slowed down in the last week.

But for people in the neighborhood who are still trying to recover from the storm this makes them wonder if they're ever going to catch a break.

"I've been living on cans of soup all donated from the Knights of Columbus because I don't have a kitchen my first floor was wiped out," said Michael Marlowe.

Donations can be made to the American Red Cross.

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