Outpouring of support for family following home fireThere's been an outpouring of support and concern for a Grand Forks family. They lost their home and all their belongings in a fire Monday night. But this isn't their first time dealing with a horrible loss.
By: Cynthia Johnson, WDAZ
There's been an outpouring of support and concern for a Grand Forks family. They lost their home and all their belongings in a fire Monday night. But this isn't their first time dealing with a horrible loss.
It's too much for one family to handle, but community members hope their prayers and support will help. While family members we talked with today did not want to go on camera, they did say this is a difficult time.
After a fire consumed the Grand Forks home last night, today the house is a skeleton of itself. Authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire.
"At this time it's just pure speculation but there was talk about a fireplace that's in the residence that may be a point of interest," said Lt. BJ Maxson with the Grand Forks Sheriff's Department.
Even though the homeowners were gone, neighbors pitched in to save the family pets
"They had a parrot in there we got that out, I think they got all their dogs and stuff out of there," said neighbor Chris Coble.
Officials say the damage to the home could be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars
"The home and the contents with our deputies that responded last night put the damage at about $250,000 so I would say the home would be at a total loss," said Maxson.
This is not the first tragedy for the fire victims. They're related to the Boyer family who lost two children in a 2011 crash when a truck driver failed to yield at an intersection near the Grand Forks International Airport. Neighbors hearts go out to the family that has suffered so much loss
"It's a shame. it's definitely a shame," said Coble.
The home is adjacent to Magoo's Tattoos, which was not damaged in the fire. The Red Cross is providing short term shelter for the family at a Grand Forks hotel, along with clothing and food. In speaking with the family today they say they also are making arrangements to stay with other family members.
If you'd like to help:
Boyer Family Fund at St. Michael's Church, 524 5th Ave N in Grand Forks or Alerus Financial.