PVFC host­ing fundraiser after fire de­stroys mem­ber’s home

Times-Record - - Front Page - By ABBY AN­DREWS aan­drews@car­o­line­times­record.com

PRE­STON — Fundrais­ing ef­forts are un­der­way to help a life­time Pre­ston Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany mem­ber and his wife, who lost ev­ery­thing, in­clud­ing two fam­ily pets, when their Pre­ston home was de­stroyed by fire Wed­nes­day, April 5.

The home, at 5281 New­ton Road, owned by Charles “Butch” and Laura Frase, was re­ported on fire by a passerby who no­ticed smoke in the area at 12:55 p.m., ac­cord­ing to a re­port from the Mary­land State Fire Mar­shal’s Of­fice.

Only a fam­ily dog and cat were home at the time, who both died in the fire, the fire mar­shal said.

The fire caused $200,000 in struc­tural dam­age to the two-story, wood-frame home and de­stroyed $100,000 in con­tents, the fire mar­shal said.

The cause of the fire is still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should call the Eas­ton of­fice of the state fire mar­shal at 410-822-7609.

Butch Frase is a life­time mem­ber and past fire chief and pres­i­dent of the Pre­ston Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany.

Brent Marine, the Frases’ son-in-law, set up a Go­FundMe cam­paign, with a goal of rais­ing $5,000 to help the cou­ple with daily needs while they get back on their feet.

As of Thurs­day af­ter­noon, the cam­paign had raised $1,510.

To do­nate, visit the cam­paign’s page at www.go­fundme.com/re­cover-from­fire-loss.

Bryan Cheezum, of the fire com­pany, said many of Pre­ston’s fire­fight­ers re­sponded to the fire Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

“It was just dev­as­tat­ing,” Cheezum said.

Cheezum said the fire com­pany is hop­ing to hold mul­ti­ple fundrais­ers to sup­port the Frases.

The first is a chicken bar­be­cue, sched­uled for 10 a.m. un­til sold out, Satur­day, April 15, in the park­ing lot across from Pre­ston Auto Body on Main Street in Pre­ston.

All pro­ceeds from the bar­be­cue will be do­nated to the Frases, Cheezum said.

Groups that want to pre­order 10 or more chicken din­ners can call Cheezum at 410-829-1907 or David Wiel­gosz at 410-463-1242.


Fire­fight­ers go through the home of Charles “Butch” and Laura Frase after a fire de­stroyed their home Wed­nes­day, April 5.

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