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 Jason and Natalie Bruveris and their four children Luke, Drew, Juliana and Marissa lost their Grosse Pointe Woods home in a fire June 10. Jason Bruveris is an assistant principal at the Dakota High School Ninth Grade Center in Macomb Township. Natalie is a teacher at Monteith Elementary School in Grosse Pointe Woods.

Jason and Natalie Bruveris and their four children Luke, Drew, Juliana and Marissa lost their Grosse Pointe Woods home in a fire June 10. Jason Bruveris is an assistant principal at the Dakota High School Ninth Grade Center in Macomb Township. Natalie is a teacher at Monteith Elementary School in Grosse Pointe Woods.

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Community reaches out to family who lost home in fire

By: Maria Allard | C&G Newspapers | Published June 23, 2020

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP/GROSSE POINTE WOODS — After a fire consumed their home earlier this month, a local family is thankful for the generosity of family and friends who are helping them recover from their loss.

On the evening of June 10, the home of Jason Bruveris, his wife Natalie and their four children caught fire after storms and wind ripped through the neighborhood.

“We had a really bad storm come out of nowhere,” Bruveris said, adding it’s believed main power lines that fell onto other lines connected to the house started the blaze at their Hunt Club Drive home. The family noticed some light bulbs upstairs that were blown out as the storm subsided. The power also went out.

“The fire started 15 minutes later. We saw fire coming out of the back bedroom,” Bruveris said. “The kids were really frightened. I ran down the street to get the fire department to save my house. There was chaos at that point. All the smoke damage and fire damage was so great at one point.”

Nobody was injured in the fire, and the family — including Luke, 10; Drew, 8; Juliana, 6; and Marissa, 4 —  made it out of the house safely.

“Everybody’s OK,” Bruveris said. “That’s all that matters.”

While some family memories were salvaged and might be able to be cleaned, such as ceramic handprints of the kids, most items, including clothing and furniture, were damaged beyond repair.

“They’re charred and unusable,” Bruveris said. “There’s so much damage done by the smoke. We can’t use anything.”

Bruveris is an assistant principal at the Dakota High School Ninth Grade Center in Macomb Township. Natalie is a teacher at Monteith Elementary School in Grosse Pointe Woods.

After the fire, a GoFundMe page was set up to benefit the family. The goal is $100,000 and, as of June 19, $88,495 had been raised. The family has been staying with relatives after losing their home and also at their guest home.

“It’s so comforting and amazing what people have done for us with their money, time, well wishes and thoughts and prayers,” Bruveris said. “Everyone has been so wonderful. We’re so lucky to have such great family and friends.”

The Bruveris family have lived in their home since June 2008. The house will undergo a restoration process, but it’s unclear at this time if they will eventually be able to move back in.

“We’ll have to see,” Bruveris said.

Grosse Pointe Woods officials sent out several e-blasts in the aftermath of the storms; the latest was sent June 17. According to the e-blast, because of the June 10 storms, seven fires were reported, including one residence and two garages. Many trees came down, along with 43 power lines.

According to an email from Grosse Pointe Woods Public Safety Director John Kosanke, the first dispatch call to the Public Safety Department came at 6:50 p.m. The five Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods operate under a public safety mutual aid agreement, and units from other cities assisted in extinguishing the fires. According to Kosanke, no injuries to residents or public safety officers were reported.

“This incident demonstrated the value of our mutual aid agreements with neighboring cities,” Grosse Pointe Woods City Administrator Bruce Smith said in the eblast. “We are grateful for the assistance provided by all the other (four) Pointes and Harper Woods.”

Here is the GoFundMe page to help the family.

To donate, visit gofundme.com and search for “Bruveris”.

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