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For Americans horrified by the fatal fire in Oakland, many did the only thing they could: open their wallets.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars have poured into two principal fund-raising campaigns since the warehouse fire in the city’s Fruitvale neighborhood on Friday left at least 36 people dead.
“We are overwhelmed with the amount of support,” said Josette Melchor, founder of Gray Area Foundation for the Arts in San Francisco, which set up a fund-raising drive on Youcaring.com on Saturday.
She said an influx of money had come from technology companies, law firms and other cities.
By early Tuesday, the total had surpassed $360,000 and was growing fast.
Another drive started by the Oakland Athletics on the same website had garnered about $300,000, helped by hefty donations from the A’s, the Raiders and the Warriors. Each sports team gave $50,000, added to $75,000 from Sutter Health.