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Community raising money for Lowell fire victims

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LOWELL, Mass. (WHDH) - The community is coming to terms with tragedy by raising money for those who lost everything in a deadly Lowell fire that killed seven people.

There are a number of companies that are helping not only in financial situations but are also trying to help the people displaced to find new homes. For example, Empire Loan is matching all donations made through the Empire Loan Charitable Foundation.

A memorial service planned for 5:30 p.m. Sunday at a nearby temple since five out of the seven victims were Cambodian.

Gov. Deval Patrick says the fire that killed seven people in Lowell could prompt a discussion about current fire safety laws, such as whether older buildings should be retrofitted with sprinkler systems.
  
Patrick also said Friday that he had spoken with the city's mayor and the state's fire marshal to get an early assessment of whether "appropriate warning systems" were in place at the apartment building. He declined to provide any details.
  
Some witnesses reported that no fire alarms sounded in the building after the blaze erupted early Thursday morning. Fire officials said the building did not have a sprinkler system but wasn't required to by law.

Sources said that the fire appears to be accidental and investigators are looking at a possible electrical problem that may have led to the fire.
  
The building on Branch Street where the fire took place is expected to be torn down later this week.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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