As reported in The Red & Black, the 10 residents were able to escape the fire unscathed, but the house had significant damage and much of the fraternity members' belongings were destroyed, according to the Milledgeville Fire Department.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, according to WGXA.
The Theta Chi chapter at UGA addressed their support for their brothers in a national statement shared with The Red & Black.
“The Fraternity is grateful to the large number of individuals who have already reached out and asks that all keep the men of the Iota Xi Chapter at Georgia College in their thoughts tonight and in the days ahead,” the official statement said.
Soon after the fire, there was an outpouring of support for the fraternity in which Pi Kappa Phi member Blake Cavender organized a fundraiser with a $1000 goal, which was surpassed. Cavender said he has kept raising the goal to encourage more donations.
Since the GoFundMe was posted on Sunday, the fundraisers have received more than $28,000 in donations from the community.
“The support they have received has blown my mind and is absolutely amazing,” Cavender said about Theta Chi.
Students and community members offered their consolation and spread the word about the fundraising efforts all over social media.
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