Fire guts Cushing home
Cushing — A fire, believed to have started by a portable heater, destroyed a mobile home at 615 Cushing Road Feb. 7.
The call came in at about 1 p.m. The home was owned by Yvette and Harold Tarbox. Yvette was the only one home at the time, according to officials on the scene.
According to neighbors BillyJo Rancourt and Kathleen Zable, Yvette came out of the house with smoke billowing out behind her and was worried about her cats. They said flames were shooting out of the windows, and it was a matter of minutes before the entire structure was engulfed in flames.
Cushing Fire Chief Arthur Kiskila said the fire began in the bathroom where a portable heating unit was being used.
Cushing Fire, along with mutual aid from Friendship and Warren responded to the call.
Yvette was treated at the scene for minor smoke inhalation.
American Red Cross Disaster Action Team members have been called to the scene of a single-family house fire in Cushing located at Cushing Road. The affected family has been placed at a hotel and Red Cross volunteers are currently on route to assess further assistance needed.
Beth Heidemann, a Kindergarten teacher at Cushing Community School, has established a Cushing Cares account for the family to help thier effort to rebuild. She said financial donations are the most helpful as a strategy for permanent housing is implemented.
Heidemann said checks can be made out to Cushing Cares with Tarbox fire in the memo line. Checks should be mailed to the school at 54 Cross Road.
"It is important people realize these gifts are not tax deductible and not a part of the school, but still much appreciated, " she said.