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Restaurant, apartment fire displaces family of eight in Palmer Lake

Restaurant, apartment fire displaces family of eight in Palmer Lake
Posted at 11:29 PM, Feb 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-03 01:29:57-05

PALMER LAKE — On Monday afternoon, Jeremaih Gray was driving south towards Colorado Springs when he got a call saying the 105 Social House was on fire.

"I drove back here as fast as I could, house is on fire, job is on fire," said Gray.

Gray is currently the kitchen manager at the restaurant, and on the second floor is his home, where he, his girlfriend and children live.

"My initial thought was that is everyone safe?" said Gray.

Thankfully nobody was hurt, although Gray says it was one of the scariest events of his life.

"The communities support is just tremendous and the best part is that people are good," said Gray.

He can't help but thank the community that has given his family money, clothes, and a new car.

Next door to the restaurant is a salon. Owner, Emily Bryant, says she can't imagine something like this ever happening to her home, business, let alone both.

So she wanted to give back to Gray and his family in some way.

"Bringing our communities closer and back together how we used to be in the olden days? Yeah, something that I love about Palmer Lake is that we are a close knit family and that we like to take care of each other," said Bryant.

Gray says his family unfortunately did not have renters insurance, so he wants to remind people who also don't have it, "it is important because you don't see it coming, it was such a random act."

The family of eight is currently living in a hotel, and hopes to find a new home soon.

But for now they want to extend a big thank you to all who have reached out.

If you are interested in donating or helping Gray's family you can email him at Maihgray13@gmail.com

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