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GoFundMe raises over $43,000 for family who lost their home in Lewiston fire

In just under 24 hours the fundraiser has raised over $43,000.

LEWISTON, N.Y. — After a local family lost their home in a fire over the weekend, the community has stepped up in a big way.  

Around 11 p.m. Saturday, crews from the Lewiston Fire Company No. 1 responded to a structure fire on the 800 block of Orchard Drive in Lewiston. The Upper Mountain Fire Company and the Youngstown Volunteer Fire Company assisted on the call. 

A GoFundMe has been created for the Ljiljanich family of four. According to the description, two adults, their two sons, and a family dog were able to get out of the house in time. However, the house was totally destroyed. The organizer of the fundraiser calls it "a total loss," that has left them with just the clothes on their backs. 

As of 5 a.m. Monday., over $43,000 has been raised, with a goal of $50,000.

On Saturday, October 17, the Ljiljanich's had their home destroyed by a ravaging fire. Derek and his wife Kim, their sons Dylan and Max, and dog Duke were able to quickly escape only to watch their home go up in flames. Their home is a complete loss.