It wasn’t the Father’s Day a family of seven hoped for on Sunday afternoon when a fire ravaged the second story of the home they were renting on Clearfield Street.
At about 1:42 p.m., Morehead 911 toned out the Morehead Fire Department to smoke and visible flames on the second floor at 906 Clearfield Street.
John Northcutt, assistant fire chief, said when firefighters arrived on scene they witnessed heavy fire and smoke from the second floor of the residence.
Northcutt said the fire was quickly extinguished, however, the home suffered severe fire, smoke, and water damage. He said he was unsure if the structure was a total loss.
The assistant chief said four family members were downstairs when the fire started on the second floor. All four exited the house without incident or injury.
He said the fire is still under investigation by the MFD, but appears to have been an accident.
Morehead Fire was joined on scene with mutual aid assistance from the Farmers Fire Department.
A fundraiser was started on Facebook by family member and county clerk Elwood Caudill Jr. due to the loss of most of the family’s clothing and household goals.
With an original goal to raise $1,000, the goals was exceeded within an hour. As of press time on Tuesday the fundraiser has raised nearly $2,700 of an extended goal of $3,000.
Caudill said that the family has been lodged safely since the fire and will begin moving into another permanent residence this week.
He added that if anyone wants to help donate to the family you can pull up his profile and public post at “Elwood Caudill Jr.” and the fundraiser, “Needing money to help by clothes & household goods.”
The county clerk also provided these sizes that are needed for the family that can be dropped off at his office at the courthouse during any business hours.
Clothing for children:
• 15-year-old female: Adult small in shirt and pants, shoes size 8 or 8.5
• 11-year-old female: Adult small in shirts and large kids in pants, shoe size 5
• 9-year-old male: Size 10 in shirts and 9 in pants, shoe size 12
• 7-year-old female: Size 7 shirts and 10 in pants, shoe size 6
• 6-year-old male: Size 7 in shirts and pants, shoe size 11
• Mother: 2 and 3 XL shirts and 22 pants
• Father: Medium shirt and 29x30 pants
• Both parents size 9 shoes.
For any additional information on how you can help, contact Caudill via Facebook.
“We have such an amazing community willing to help out and do so much during such a tragic time,” Caudill said. “Thank you so much for those who have and continue to help out my niece’s family during this time.”
Brad Stacy can be reached at email@example.com or by telephone at 784-4116.