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Son: Parents remain hospitalized following Medina apartment fire

The parents of the 18-year-old man killed in Thursday’s fire-explosion at Medina Village Apartments remain hospitalized at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, their son said.

Josh Reindl, of Medina, said Sunday his brother, Jacob Drake, was killed in the early morning fire that injured his parents and displaced eight families.

Reindl said his parents, Robert and Sheila Drake, who suffered burns trying to save Jacob, are both sedated at MetroHealth.

Hospital officials declined Sunday to disclose their conditions.

A GoFundMe account to help the family with expenses had raised $6,725 of a goal of $10,000 as of Sunday evening.

“We have lost everything,” Reindl said.

Fundraisers continue for families displaced by the fire, but collections of donated items at United Church of Christ, Congregational have stopped because of the overwhelming response, organizer Ashley Gazzo said.

Gazzo, of Medina, said she is amazed by the rapid and generous response of the community to help those in need.

“It all started with a Facebook post,” she said. “It blows my mind.”

Volunteers sorted donated items and the Two Men and a Truck outlet in Brunswick donated its services to deliver more than 150 boxes of items to those affected.

Apartment managers will oversee distribution of the items.

One local business owner dropped off $1,000 in gift cards for the families.

Financial contributions may be made to the Medina Village Fire Victims Fund at any FirstMerit Bank in Northeast Ohio.

As of Saturday morning, the fund at FirstMerit totaled $2,600.

Financial contributions also may be made out to St. Vincent de Paul Society and delivered or mailed to St. Francis Xavier Parish, 606 E. Washington St., Medina, OH, 44256. The society asks that a note be included that the donations go to the fire victims. Gift cards also are welcome.

Fire victims may contact the St. Vincent de Paul Society at (330) 764-8952 at St. Francis, which will work with Gazzo to interview victims to disburse funds.

Fundraisers include:

  • Little Caesar’s, 1174 N. Court St., Medina, will donate 100 percent of its profits from pizza sales today to those who were displaced by the fire. The fundraiser will run 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • The Royal Order of the Moose, 136 S. Elmwood Ave., Medina, will hold a fundraiser 6 p.m. to midnight Feb. 25. There will be a $20 charge at the door. The program will include live music, a cash bar, door prizes, a 50/50 drawing and food. All proceeds will be donated to fire victims. For information, call Nick Veverka at (330) 321-2791 or the lodge at (330) 725-7510.

Contact reporter Ashley Fox at (330) 721-4048 or afox@medina-gazette.com.



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