October 23, 2014

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Fund established for family displaced by fire

The rubble of a Grafton Township home on state Route 303, after a fire destroyed the home on New Year’s Eve. KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE

The rubble of a Grafton Township home on state Route 303, after a fire destroyed the home on New Year’s Eve. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

GRAFTON TWP. — A fund has been set up for a family whose home and belongings were destroyed in a New Year’s Eve fire.

The fire, which occurred at 1:38 p.m. Tuesday at 38201 state Route 303, destroyed the home and a camper, according to Fire Chief Bob Richards. The total market value of the property was $137,000, according to the Lorain County auditor’s website.

Richards said the cause of the fire, which took firefighters approximately two hours to contain, is still undetermined.

The family lost two dogs and three cats in the fire but managed to safely escape, according to Debbie Kruszewski, a relative. They are now staying with a friend after the Red Cross placed the family in a hotel for three days.

Kruszewski said, due to overwhelming support from friends and neighbors, she decided to set up a fund for the family. Donations can be made to The Hawke Family Benevolent Fund at any FirstMerit Bank.

“We’ve had so many people asking how to help, it’s just been overwhelming,” she said.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @ChelseaMillerCT.


  • proccw

    thoughts and prayers to this family