Last Monday, while everyone in the family was out working or running errands, the East Toledo house of Kirk and Julie Summey caught fire and burned to the ground.
Unfortunately for the Summeys, they did not have content insurance, and this Toledo family is starting over completely from scratch. In almost an insulting twist of fate, their insurance also did not provide for post-fire cleanup, and the Summeys were facing the prospect of paying up to $10K to clear the rubble until a neighbor stepped in and agreed to clean out the lot in exchange for the title to the soon-to-be-vacant lot.
I know Kirk and Julie through their volunteer work with Planned Pethood, and I am sad to report that although no family members were home, all five of the dogs and a litter of cats died in the fire. Three of the dogs were PPI fosters, and I cannot imagine the horror of not only seeing your house in flames and knowing of the poor animals trapped inside.
Donations to help Kirk and Julie are being accepted at First Federal Bank branches, and this is listed as the "Summey Family Fire Victim Fund." Here are the branches in Northwest Ohio that are participating, and if you live out of the area you can call the bank at 1-877-FOR- U1ST (367-8178) for information on electronic donations:
2760 Navarre Ave, Oregon, OH
417 W Dussel Dr, Maumee, OH
1077 Louisiana Ave, Perrysburg, OH
3234 N Holland Sylvania Rd, Toledo, OH
22020 W State Route 51, Genoa, OH
1226 W Wooster St, Bowling Green, OH
Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.