LANCASTER – Daisy’s Costumes, a fixture on Lancaster Boulevard for more than 30 years, needs your support.
Community donations are needed to repair, clean, and replace thousands of costumes damaged by fire early Thursday morning.
Donations may be made at any US Bank teller to “Daisy’s Costumes” or online at www.gofundme.com/daisyscostumes.
Of the 9,000 costumes in the business, about 85% were consumed, melted by the heat, or smoke damaged beyond repair from a blaze, which was first reported around 6:20 a.m., Thursday, April 24.
“The 9-1-1 caller reported seeing flames across the street. Units arrived on scene and reported a working fire in a single story commercial building [with] fire showing to the rear of the structure,” said Inspector Anthony Akins of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
The rear of the structure was hit the hardest and nearly completely engulfed.
Still, firefighters managed to contain the blaze in less than 30 minutes.
They cut access holes in the roof and throughout the structure, which prevented total damage to the building and its contents.
“About 6:46 [a.m.], they called knock down and they canceled most of the second alarm units,” Akins said. However, units were still on scene hours later for cleanup.
No injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire is still under investigation, Akins said.
The damage to the structure is complete, and damages to the building’s contents are estimated at over $850,000.
Daisy’s Costumes has been on Lancaster Boulevard for more than 30 years, run by April and George Ray for the entire time.
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Local businesses are pitching in to help the effort.
- Double D Cupcakes will be donating 100% of cake sales on Wednesday, April 30, to Daisy’s Costumes.
- The Lemon Leaf is conducting a fabric drive to help rebuild what has been lost. If you have any fabric at home you’d like to contribute, bring it by the Lemon Leaf during their regular business hours.
- Kinetic Brewing will be doing a fundraiser the entire weekend of May 3-4.
- Bravery Brewing is donating $1 from every pint until the end of April.
- Julianni’s Italian Ristorante is donating $1 of each wine or beer sold for the next two weeks.