PVFC hosting fundraiser after fire destroys member’s home
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.