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Firefighters to take fire victims shopping

Staff Reports

A half-dozen members of the Smokey family left homeless in a Nov. 25 house fire are being taken shopping on Wednesday by area firefighters.

Norma Smokey and her family, which includes her adult daughter, 17- and 12-year-old girls, and 10- and 8-year-old boys, are going shopping with a firefighter at the Gardnerville Walmart, according to organizer Scott Fraser, East Fork battalion chief.

Smokey is a seasonal employee of Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch in Minden, where she has worked for 15 years helping organize personnel and equipment for response to wildland fires here and all over the United States.

Personnel from East Fork, Minden Interagency Dispatch and the U.S. Forest Service will be on hand, along with fire engines to take the family shopping for clothing and Christmas presents.

Monetary donations have been collected from East Fork and Douglas County 911 Emergency Services Communications personnel to cover expenses.

“East Fork is honored to be able to help one of our ‘fellow firefighters’ in their time of need,” Fraser said.

He said that the family has yet to find permanent lodging after the fire, which occurred just after midnight.

Smokey and her daughter discovered the flames in a bedroom and called 911.

The fire was traced to a multi-plug which shorted out. The privately owned home was not insured, and sustained $100,000 damage.