A Woodbury family is seeking help for basic necessities after a fire destroyed their home.
Woodbury Public Safety arrived to the scene at 7:40 p.m. Nov. 12 after a neighbor reported the fire. Upon entering the home on the 8600 block of Savanna Oaks Bay, firefighters "struggled to get the upper hand on heavy black smoke," Woodbury police commander John Altman said. Firefighters eventually determined that the first-floor utility room was most likely where the fire started. The fire spread to an adjoining townhome, which sustained smoke damage.
Residents of the two units were displaced, including Deanna Lang and her 16-year-old daughters, Cleo and Kayla. A GoFundMe was created Nov. 14 to benefit the family and help with immediate needs.
At least $6,300 had been raised by the afternoon of Nov. 18, more than doubling an initial goal of $3,000. The page had been shared 260 times and 106 people had donated in amounts ranging from $5 to $500.
"This is an extremely difficult time and we are overwhelmed by the love and support from the community," Lang said in a Nov. 15 Facebook message to RiverTown Multimedia.
Supportive comments from neighbors and strangers alike covered the comment section, including some paying tribute to Ginger, a family dog that died in the fire. Firefighters were able to save the family's other pets, a dog named Eli and a cat named Oliver. There were no other reported injuries.
The Cottage Grove Fire Department assisted at the scene.