NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The cause of a fire that destroyed one home on George Street and damaged another last week has been declared “undetermined.”

Jennifer Bradshaw, public information officer for the city, said the March 19 fire originated in a multifamily house on 207 George St., and caused “exposure damage” to the multifamily house on 209 George St.

The Red Cross has been assisting the 40 or so people affected by the fire. So has the city’s school district.

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In a statement released by Superintendent Aubrey Johnson on Friday, fire “directly impacted more than a dozen of our students in several different schools.

“Our district’s community agent has been actively coordinating with multiple service organizations to help provide these students and their families with clothing, food, and hygiene products,” according to the statement. “And, several of our schools collected various essentials for direct donation to the families. This is certainly a dreadful time for those who lost their residences and belongings in the blaze – but at the very least, we want them to be aware that New Brunswick Public Schools is here to help.”

A GoFundMe page has been organized by the Frutta Bowls restaurant on Easton Avenue to help some of the victims of the fire.

According to the page, “On Monday, March 19, 2019, Michelle Hernandez, Odalis Morales, and their family suffered a total loss of their home on George Street due to a fire. They lost everything. Michelle and Odalis live with their parents, Cesar Morales and Maria Hernandez. They also live with their two sisters, Jennifer (14) and Stephanie (12). Odalis is a single mother to her daughter, Bridgette, who is three years old.  Thankfully, their entire family is safe and unharmed.”

According to the page, Michelle Hernandez and Odalis Morales worked at the restaurant since it opened in 2018.