Benefit set March 29 for fire victims

Online account set up
By Beth A. Birmingham | Mar 18, 2014
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Rockland Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel work to put out an appliance fire that burned up into the ceiling at 337 Pleasant St. March 11. The home was rendered not habitable at this time, displacing renters David and Carrie Johnson. The couple's dog died of smoke inhalation.

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 bbirmingham@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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