House Fire Relief for Sarkar Family

Unfortunately, Rika’s Grandfather suddenly passed away yesterday from pneumonia and other health concerns. Both of these tragedies happened within a couple of days, and has been taking an even bigger toll on their family. Rika’s mother is expected to pay for all of the funeral fees and dues for her father, even though she just lost all of her belongings and assets in the fire. Please help Rika’s family get through this difficult time. We are so appreciative for the outpour of love, and to everyone who has supported this campaign already. Thank you so much!

Contributions made to this fundraiser will be given directly to Hema Sarkar, the mother, to help offset the expenses from the fire and her father's funeral service as well. Thank you again.

Original Message:
My name is Sophia Straton and I am fundraising on behalf of my best friend Rika Sarkar and the Sarkar family.

Earlier this week, May 15, 2019, there was a horrific fire that started in the home of the Sarkar family. While fire investigators are still trying to determine the cause, it has been confirmed that the fire kicked off inside the Sarkar unit. The fire was reported at around 10 a.m., and was considered extinguished within about 45 minutes. At least 10 floors at the condominium appear to have been affected by fire, smoke or water damage but its unclear how many other units may be damaged. Thankfully, nobody was inside the unit when the fire started and there have been no fire-related injuries.

In less than an hour, the Sarkar family home was entirely destroyed.

Rika’s step-father returned to the unit the following morning, only to find their home completely ravaged by the fire and to discover that absolutely nothing is salvageable. The Victoria Towers condominium had been home for the Sarkar family for almost 15 years, so the sentimental value of what was lost is most painful to accept.

Anybody who knows Rika and the Sarkar family knows that they are the kindest, most selfless and generous people and are always the first to help others. My hope is that we can come together and support them during these difficult times, so this GoFundMe page is for those interested in helping to do so. Contributions made to this fundraiser will be given directly to Hema Sarkar, the mother, and the Sarkar family in order to bridge the gap on losses not covered by insurance and any size donations are greatly appreciated to offset the expenses.

As horrific as this is, we are so incredibly grateful that the Sarkar family is safe and appreciative for everyone’s support and prayers. We hope to have more information to share with our friends and family very soon.

Thank you!


News coverage on the incident:
  • Muthukumar Pandurengan  
    • $50 
    • 27 mos
  • Sophia Straton 
    • $5 
    • 27 mos
  • Maki Kuroda-Gaines 
    • $200 
    • 30 mos
  • Kai Faurot 
    • $50 
    • 30 mos
  • Nathan Lee 
    • $50 
    • 30 mos
See all

Organizer and beneficiary

Sophia Straton 
Honolulu, HI
Radhika Sarkar 
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