Stepping Up: New Neighborhood Association Helping Displaced Fire Victims

Using both modern social media (on-line fundraising) and old-school tactics (a yard sale), a newly-formed community association is leading the effort to help nine of their neighbors who were left with little after a fire destroyed their Marlboro Street homes earlier this week.

“We are asking for help to aid these residents in getting back on their feet,” said Belmont Corner Neighborhood Association’s Daniel Parmer in a Friday, May 23 news release

Two days before, just after midnight on Wednesday, May 21, a blaze at 58 Marlboro St. forced the residents – the owner/occupant and two sets of tenants – to fled from the burning three-family home with little to no possessions.

“While all are safe and healthy, they are in urgent need of financial help to help build their lives back together. All of their personal vehicles and possessions were destroyed in the fire. The renters in the home are young professionals without insurance,” said Parmer.

To help the victims, the BCNA created an online funding page to raise donations that will equitably split among the fire victims. In addition, the association is hosting a marketplace-yard sale on Saturday, May 31, with all proceeds going to the fund.

  • Any and all donations are being accepted at
  • Residents who have spare housing or the means to donate vehicles or furniture, please email the BCNA at
  • The  Marlboro Street on Saturday, May 31, for a marketplace yard sale.

Established in 2013, the Belmont Corner Neighborhood Association represents residents in the corner of Belmont bordering Watertown and Cambridge. (In 1895, the area was dubbed “Harvard Lawn” after it was sold to developers by the Learned family.)

“Through the free social network created on and the kindness and concern for our neighbors, we provide support to our local neighborhood,” said Parmer.

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