Social agency earmarks $50,000 for fire victims

The country’s major social agency, the Instituto Mixto de Ayuda Social, has earmarked 25 million colons to help the 20 families who lost their homes in a spectacular blaze in Curridabat Monday. Some of their luckier neighbors will receive help, too.

That’s about $50,000 that will first be used to provide daily necessities, clothing and food, depending on the economic condition of each family, said Fernando Marín Rojas, executive president of the agency.

The bulk of the families at the site of the fire, Barrio Nueva, are low income. Many lost everything when 10 homes were leveled by a fire fire fighters said was caused by children playing with matches. Others suffered some damage.

The affected families will receive a statement from the Cuerpo de Bomberos on the extent of their loss.

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