Photo's of the fire damage
On Saturday afternoon, April 10th, Major Jim Melanson and his family, Tutu and Justin, suffered extensive damage to their home due to a fire. In addition one car, and the beloved family cat were lost due to the fire. Jim and family currently have a place to stay thanks to the generosity of Major Ruy Costa and his family. A short article is available on the Lowell Sun site, more photos are available on the Tyngsboro Emergency Blog. See "Links" below.
I spoke with Jim today and asked him how he and his family were doing.
Jim said that they were all still in a state of deep shock, taking each day as it comes. The family misses their cat greatly. The cat being frightened had run back into the house and Justin was unable to locate him, soon having to retreat from the smoke. Jim said it appears that they have lost a great deal due to fire, water or smoke damage. The family is now awaiting the delivery of a trailer which will be their temporary home until their house can be rebuilt. I
asked Jim how he learned about the fire, he said he was in the run-up area at KBED preparing for a departure when he received the call from a neighbor on his cellphone. He said that ended the run-up and he rushed home immediately to find the house in flames. Three area fire departments, Tyngsboro, Dracut and Westford, where needed to extinguish the blaze.
If you would like to support Jim and his family you can make a contribution to the Melanson's recovery fund at YouCaring.com. YouCaring is a crowd funding site set-up, by Justin, to help with their recovery. Note: YouCaring does request a small contribution to cover operating costs.
Please join me in extending our help, best wishes and hopes for a speedy recovery to the Melanson's.
Lowell Sun Article:
Tyngsboro Emergency BLOG: ( More photo's of the fire )
YouCaring: ( Where you can contribute )