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Donations pour in for North Port firefighters

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This week, the power of the North Port Home Depot came in cases of water, saving firefighters time so they could do more.

"I could only imagine what our firefighters here locally were going through, going in and out of that blaze with all that gear on. The first thing that came to mind was, they need water," said store manager Jennifer Taylor.

And, water they got. Home Depot dropped off a pallets of water and powerade.

"Oh my gosh, you cannot believe how this community responded to the call that was out there," said Fire Chief Bill Taaffe.

The North Port Home Depot is already very active in the community. But, they saw a need last Saturday as the fires went out of control.

"We hope it rejuvenated them a little bit to know someone was thinking of them. They're the first ones running into a problem when everyone is running out," said Taylor.

After that, the donations came pouring in. Everything from non-perishable foods and drinks to pizzas being dropped off at the command post.

"Just a thank you to everyone in our community, the businesses and the citizens for coming out and supporting our firefighters," said Chief Taaffe.

Chief Taaffe was overjoyed talking about the impact the community donations had on his firefighters. But, he got very serious when we talked about current fire conditions.

"We're very, very, very concerned with conditions we have presently," said Taaffe.

With major rain not in the forecast, fire crews are keeping a close eye on the area... and begging citizens not to start any fires.