Business hosts drive to help residents displaced after apartment fire

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DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) - A local business is stepping in to help more than a dozen families displaced after an apartment fire at the Beltline Villas apartments Saturday morning.

"We, as a store, we're part of this community," said Curtis Taylor, store manager of the Decatur Shoe Carnival store. "We should be able to step up and do something."

Taylor started a fundraiser in his store, hoping to help in the rebuilding process for those who lost so much.

"We're going to provide a brand new pair of shoes for every person affected, from the adults to the children," he explained.

In fact, the property's community manager gave Taylor the names and shoe sizes of all the people affected.

The corporation is footing the bill for a weekend drive.

"Saturday we're going to have a cookout, and Shoe Carnival is paying for everything," said Taylor. "We'll have hot dogs and drinks. We'll ask people to give donations."