NORTH ADAMS — North Adams Ambulance Service is rallying behind one of its own.

A spaghetti dinner fundraiser will be held Friday night for Advanced EMT Juli Taylor, whose family was left homeless after a fire damaged her Central Avenue apartment May 1.

"I told Juli that the troops would be coming and we certainly would get her everything she needs," said North Adams Ambulance Chief John Meaney, Jr. "She has a heart of gold, she's always giving to people."

Taylor, who has been with North Adams Ambulance Service since 2015, was actually working when the fire started and raced home to rescue her dogs.

Taylor's children were not home when the fire started.

Little inside was spared from fire, water or smoke damage inside the home.

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"The pictures don't do any justice from the exterior," Meaney said. "The inside is totally destroyed."

The dinner at the North Adams American Legion runs from 4:30 to 7 p.m., after which there will be a performance by local musician C.J. Field.

The evening will include raffles and an auction featuring items donated by local businesses and individuals.

Admission is $20.

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