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 A Dec. 20 fire in Macomb Township forced a family from its home. Over $6,000 was raised to help cover the cost of replacing necessities lost in the fire.

A Dec. 20 fire in Macomb Township forced a family from its home. Over $6,000 was raised to help cover the cost of replacing necessities lost in the fire.

Photo provided by Chelsea Rodriguez


Fire displaces Macomb Township family just before Christmas

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published January 7, 2020

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A Macomb Township family was left without a home just days before Christmas.

A fire began at the Westbridge Manor mobile home park around 1 p.m. Dec. 20 in the 21000 block of Plateau Drive, near Hall and Card roads.

Macomb Township Fire Chief Robert Phillips said three adults, a newborn and two dogs were home at the time of the fire. No one was reported injured.

Phillips said the double-wide trailer is a complete loss.

He couldn’t say what area of the home the fire began in, or what caused the fire, because the case was turned over to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office for investigation.

Phillips said smoke detectors did not alert the occupants of the fire.

Seventeen firefighters from all four Macomb Township fire stations responded to the scene.

“We never want to see a fire happen, especially a few days before the holidays where they lose everything,” Phillips said.

He stressed that it’s important for people to have working smoke detectors in a home. Macomb Township residents in need of one may contact the Fire Department.

Chelsea Rodriguez organized a GoFundMe fundraiser, with proceeds going toward necessities for the family.

“Today is a sad day here in Macomb County, as a family of seven lost their home and all belongings in a fire,” she wrote on the GoFundMe page. “We are raising money to help cover replacements of all necessities lost in this tragedy.”

The family asked for furniture, beds and bedding, hygiene products for kids and adults, all sizes of clothing and shoes, baby products, food and nonperishable items.

Over $6,300 was raised from Dec. 20 to Dec. 30.

“They appreciate all of the help and the generous donations from all of you,” Rodriguez said. “Thank you again for the kindness and generosity. We are so fortunate to have had such great support, especially with the holiday season upon us.”

On Dec. 31, Rodriguez said she presented a check to the family so they could continue to purchase more necessities.

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