Our dad lost EVERYTHING in a fire...

On October 9th, our dads house caught on fire when he was not home. He walked back to his home to see his house in a state of true terror. Completely ablaze with no hope of recovering anything, which sadly is the case. Neighbors had even gone into the house trying to control the fire and put it out but had no luck as they waited FORTY FIVE minutes for the first fire truck to show up. Multiple neighbors called, a few were out on hold with the dispatcher and when the first police officer arrived he said that the fire truck was never dispatched out. By the time the first fire team got there, all hope was lost. The entire house was engulfed and everything, including the home directly behind his was also becoming a total loss as well. We left his house last night in the state you see in the picture above. We had to walk back to my car parked almost a mile down the road and I can’t imagine how hard that walk was for my dad.

Dad (also known as Dan) is an amazing man. He’s had a rough year, like many of us can relate to, but an even harder month. He just lost his brother and our uncle last week and is trying his best to maintain a positive attitude. Even today he went back to his home to see if anything could be salvaged and the only thing that remained was the blue spruce tree we planted as a family 16 years ago and was able to smile that it was still standing even though he was standing amongst the ashes of his home, everything he’s worked for, collected, wore, had, etc. what makes him so amazing is he was still able to appreciate the ONE thing that remained. While he is devastated at the loses he has faced and the storm surrounding him, he can still find his rainbow.

We are starting this go fund me to help him get back on his feet and find hope again. The man who would give the shirt off of his back to help someone else walked away from all he had with just that and we need all the help we can get to help him start over. He’s about to be 60 years old and is starting completely over as a result of this disaster. I can’t imagine what that is like but I know we have the ability to make it easier for him. 

Thank you so much in advance for any and all help. 


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Tiffany Smith
Pittston, PA

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