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Fundraiser set Saturday for 90 tenants left homeless by Lafayette arson

The location of a fundraiser for tenants who were displaced by fire Saturday at the Lafayette-Barton Apartments has been changed, according to organizers of the event.

The fundraising event is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Jericho Road Community Center, 184 Barton St. The lead organizer is HEAL Buffalo, a social service organization started and managed by local refugees dedicated to assisting other refugees to adapt to Buffalo.

Nearly 90 residents of the Lafayette-Barton Apartments were left homeless after being forced to flee into the early morning cold because of an arson fire. Many left behind a lifetime of belongings, including their clothes and furnishings.

Police charged Jonathan Jimenez, 29, and accused him of setting two fires in the closets of one of the building’s 36 apartments, using a lighter and combustible items.

Suspect in Lafayette apartment arson was under court order to stay away

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