Benefit set March 29 for fire victimsOnline account set up
Family, friends, and many local businesses are banding together to raise money in support of victims of a March 11 fire in Rockland.
A benefit for David and Carrie Johnson — who lost their dog and most of their belongings — will be held Saturday, March 29, at 6 p.m. at The Landings Restaurant, at 1 Commercial St.
The dinner will include chili, cornbread and a baked potato bar for $5. Various people and businesses around the community have donated prizes to be raffled and/or auctioned off, and there will be a 50/50 raffle and live music.
A small appliance in the kitchen area was to blame for the fire at 337 Pleasant St. The residence received extensive damage to the kitchen, and smoke and water damage throughout.
The family dog died of smoke inhalation, despite having CPR and oxygen administered by fire personnel.
A close friend of the couple has also set up an online donation account to help them get back on their feet.
"Between the smoke and water damage, they lost pretty much everything," said Zach Herrick of Rockport.
He said the couple is staying with relatives locally.
Herrick has set up the following link, gofundme.com/7h8ioo, for people interested in helping the couple.
"Every little bit will help," said Herrick.
Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at email@example.com.
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.
Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington and RSU40.
Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.
Aside from photography, Beth enjoys working out, ocean therapy sessions and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 16.