A fire that tore through a Canyon Country mini-storage facility on Thursday night claimed 18 units including one full of items slated to be donated to those suffering from spinal cord injuries.
The blaze broke out on the 17300 block of Sierra Highway around 7 p.m. and is still under investigation.
The Triumph Foundation, a local nonprofit that works to minimize the obstacles patients face after spinal cord surgery, housed more than 50 care baskets and backpacks, equipment, supplies and fundraiser silent auction items in a unit at Edd’s Mini Storage on Sierra Highway, according to a Facebook post from the organization.
“We are thinking the damage is at least $10,000, plus a lot of blood sweat and tears went into it. It was invaluable,” said Andrew Skinner, executive director of the Triumph Foundation. “Now we have scheduled visits that will have to be postponed, a fundraiser on July 18th which we need to rapidly repurpose. The event is more important now than ever.”
The care baskets lost in the fire are an essential part of the foundation’s outreach program.
“We go to hospitals to get them to people who are paralyzed,” Skinner said. “They are full of resources to rebuild their life, including T-shirts, store bought goodies, games, a list of support groups, grant applications for insurance and government resources.”
To help Triumph Foundation, visit their website and sign up for emails or attend their upcoming fundraiser at the Hyatt Valencia.
“We are still in shock and figuring out what they need in terms of donations,” Skinner said.