A fundraiser has been launched to help the surviving family members of a Queens Village fire that killed three people over the weekend.
The Baruch United Sikh Association started the verified GoFundMe page on Tuesday with the goal of raising $50,000 for the Kainth family.
Rajbir Singh, president of the association, said Karandeep Kainth is a member of the religious and cultural club on the Baruch College campus, and the group was devastated to hear what had happened to his family.
“He fit in like a missing puzzle piece,” Singh said of Kainth. “It was his good nature that became the driving force for the fundraiser.”
The fast-moving fire that broke out at the home on 211th Street just before midnight on Saturday claimed the lives of Harleen Kaur, 32, Ragvir Kaur-Kainth, 82, and Pyara Kainth, 87, and left eight others injured.
Karandeep Kainth and two other family members remained hospitalized Wednesday, Singh said.
“He’s alive, thank goodness,” Singh said, adding that he hoped to visit him in the hospital later in the day.
The GoFundMe page had reached more than half of its goal by Wednesday afternoon, and Singh credited the success to Kainth’s friends.
“They believe nobody should struggle during a terrible time like this,” he added. “It’s absolutely astonishing the outreach we’re having with this fundraiser.”
The cause of the three-alarm fire that destroyed the home, and all of the family’s belongings with it, remained under investigation Wednesday, per the FDNY.