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Family Loses Everything in Fire, Hopes to Gain Support at Firehouse Fundraiser

Shelley Harrison, her four children and mother are fine after a fire tore through the second floor of their Third Street home. They hope to pick up the pieces with community support.

"Nothing" is a strong word to those who lost practically everything.

Shelley Harrison, her four children and mother were uninjured after their house caught fire on Thursday afternoon. (Their pets, two black labs and two house cats, also survived the fire.) 

The blaze started in the second floor bedroom of their rental home — located at 2026 Third St. — after a candle was left unattended, said Cuyahoga Falls Fire Capt. Rob Campbell. 

The fire caused about $70,000 in damage, he added.

The department responded to the call at about 4:30 p.m. and quickly extinguished the fire while Cuyahoga Falls police cordoned off the area and controlled the crowd of onlookers.  

Harrison is an employee at Firehouse Grille & Pub in Cuyahoga Falls and her work family is coming together to offer help. 

Firehouse general manager Jen Brandenburg created an event on Facebook for Feb. 1 to help raise money for the family. 

According to the restaurant's Facebook page, there will be a basket raffle and 100 percent of the tips that evening will go to the family. 

Other items the family needs — clothing, dog/cat food, furniture and/or money — will also be collected during the fundraiser. Click here for more details on items they need

As of Thursday evening, 48 people had already signed up via Facebook to attend the fundraiser. 

Click here for even more details of the event.

Ruby Garland January 26, 2013 at 03:17 AM
my family was born & raised in that house. it breaks my heart to know this has happened. Im also elated to hear no one was harmed... but honestly, after the morrow's took it over and let it go to hell... its better off torched. (the house, not the tenant's belongings & home, of course)

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