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Colville community stepping up after apartment fire

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Employees at Pizza Hut in Colville decided they wanted to donate 20 percent of sales made through the weekend to the families. Employees at Pizza Hut in Colville decided they wanted to donate 20 percent of sales made through the weekend to the families.
COLVILLE, Wash. -

Colville community members say the town is like a family. Businesses like Pizza Hut are stepping up to help the families affected by the apartment fire.

"To hear that a couple of our own families not only lost their houses, but kids that are their everything, their world, was very devastating,” says Jordan Koeppen, manager of the Colville Pizza Hut.

Two boys, ages 4 and 7, died in the Friday morning blaze in Colville. The tragedy affected the entire town. 

Employees at Pizza Hut in Colville decided they wanted to donate 20 percent of sales made through the weekend to the families. The company is also matching donations. People who heard about the fundraiser decided to eat there to help. Catherine Hall remembers how the town had her back before.

“When my husband was very sick and I came in here, I got a hug. It’s not a financial donation. It’s a hug. But it’s what you need at that moment. And that's what Colville is about.”

This kind of outpouring of support, they say, is typical in Colville.

 "To see a community like this where you have all different kinds of people come together and say, you know, okay we’re going to help. Yeah, it makes you feel good to be a part of it,” Hall says.

 A candlelight vigil is being planned for Sunday night at 7 at the Colville Ag Center to remember the lives lost in the apartment fire.

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