THOMASTON — A local family whose home was destroyed by a fire last Wednesday is seeking help from the community.
A GoFundMe campaign called “Rosa Family Tragedy” has been set up by close family friends to collect donations.
As of Saturday, the campaign raised more than $3,600 and was shared more than 350 times.
According to Thomaston Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jim O'Neil, the Waterbury Road home “is totally gone. Everything in it is gone.”
The family — which consists of brother and sister Richard and Michelle Rosa and her two daughters, ages 6 and 11 — was not at home at the time of fire, but their dog Sammy, a lab-pit bull mix, died in the blaze.
The home, a 1977 log cabin, is owned by Richard Rosa Jr., Michelle and Richard’s father.
The family lost many sentimental heirlooms in the fire such as photographs, according to their relative, Belen Rosa, with whom the family is staying. Additionally, Richard Rosa, who owns a landscaping business, lost almost all of his equipment in the fire.
The cause of the fire was determined to be “accidental undetermined,” O’Neil said.
According to an update on the GoFundMe page, a friend collected items and gift cards for the Rosas, from those in the community. The family is especially in need of kitchenware and furniture, and men’s clothing.
“They are still getting adjusted,” Belen Rosa said. “Everything has been ripped away from them.”