UPDATED, June 1: A smoky blaze of as-yet-undetermined origin destroyed a two-family home at 30-32 Egerton St., East Arlington, on Saturday, May 29, displacing five people, including the family of Bobby Noviello, Gibbs School head custodian.
The late-afternoon fire drew companies from Arlington, Medford, Winchester, Lexington Cambridge and Somerville.
No one was reported hurt, said resident Steve Morgan, who took the photo at left.
Immediately after the fire, Alexa Arsenault organized a GoFundMe campaign, writing, "Please consider donating to my best friend and her family who just lost their home in a house fire. Anything helps!"
Skye Smith has organized a second GoFundMe for Noviello/Primmer family.
Gina Furtado reported May 30, that the three-alarm fire struck the home of Noviello. "Everyone got out safely, but the home is a complete loss," she wrote to the Arlington email list. "Bobby and his family are staying with family right now but they have lost everything. Funds are being collected to help the family with this horrific loss. No amount is too small. To donate please do one of the following:
"1. Venmo Kelly O'Keefe (Gibbs Teacher) @KellyOKeefe715
"2. Send a check to Kelly O'Keefe at Gibbs School.
"3. Place Cash in an envelope and leave it in my mailbox. I'd like to present the family with our donation as soon as possible."
A report has been requested from the fire chief.
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This news summary was published Sunday, May 30, 2021, and updated, to add link to photos and videos, identify one family as well as a second fund-raiser. Updated May 31 and June 1.
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