Occupants identified, helped after East Ellsworth home fireA two-story rental home in East Ellsworth will have to be razed following a devastating fire that left three adults and three children homeless and destroyed all their possessions and killed two family pets.
The occupants of a house destroyed by fire early Thursday morning on Hwy. 10/63 near the Cenex convenience store in East Ellsworth have been identified and are receiving support from the church they attend.
Laura Ogden and Justin Ogden, along with their mother and three children, are the recipients of a donation drive undertaken by CrossRoad Community Church.
Pastor Matthew Anderson said the Ellsworth church is accepting offerings of cash, gift cards, food, personal care items, clothing or anything else that would help ease the family's transition while they seek new housing.
Needs for the children include:
-- 2 mo. old boy needs diapers, formula, bottles, clothing, blankets and a crib or play-pen.
-- Another boy needs size 5-6T clothing items.
-- A girl needs 4-5T clothing items.
The house, located on the northwest corner of Main and Morse streets, was an older two-story rental home.
The occupants escaped the flames but all possessions and two dogs were lost. The structure is a complete loss.
The Ellsworth Fire Department was called to the property, owned by Dennis and Kathy Johnson of Hayford, Calif., at 213 N. Morse St. at 1:58 a.m. and were there until 3:59 a.m. Fire fighters returned at 5:30 a.m. to check for rekindling, but no heat nor flames were detected. Then, at 5:59 a.m., they were called again because the blaze had rekindled.
A passerby told the Herald the house was fully engulfed when he drove by shortly thereafter. No one was injured in the fire and no cause was available as of late afternoon Thursday. However, the Ellsworth Police Department was reportedly conducting an investigation.
The scorched remains left standing will have to be torn down.