The residents displaced by the fire — from the left, standing, Keshav Girmannagari, Mary Lucy and Sae Yang, and seated, Joe and Ann Breen — came together with neighbors Oct. 23 to receive donations of about $3,000 for each family to help with living expenses as they wait for their homes to be rebuilt.

The residents displaced by the fire — from the left, standing, Keshav Girmannagari, Mary Lucy and Sae Yang, and seated, Joe and Ann Breen — came together with neighbors Oct. 23 to receive donations of about $3,000 for each family to help with living expenses as they wait for their homes to be rebuilt.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Neighbors rally behind those displaced by fire in Troy

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published October 30, 2019

 Lt. Steven Short rescued Maverick the cat from a downstairs stairwell after a fire burned through the condominiums Aug. 19.

Lt. Steven Short rescued Maverick the cat from a downstairs stairwell after a fire burned through the condominiums Aug. 19.

File photo provided by the Troy Fire Department

 Fire burns through condominiums on Old Creek Road, near Wattles Road and Interstate 75.

Fire burns through condominiums on Old Creek Road, near Wattles Road and Interstate 75.

File photo provided by the Troy Fire Department

Advertisement

TROY — As the residents displaced after a fire ripped through their four-unit condominium Aug. 19 sort through their belongings, deal with insurance issues and adjust to their temporary homes, neighbors in the complex are showing their support.

Associa Cares — a charity based at the parent company for Land Arc, the property manager for the complex on Old Creek Road, near Wattles and Crooks roads — and the Wattles Creek Condominium Association presented each of the four families with approximately $3,000 in funds raised by the neighbors through a GoFundMe page, with a $6,000 match from Associa Cares.

“Losses happen,” said Jeff Gourlie, of Land Arc, during the presentation to the residents at the complex Oct. 23. “The way this community has come together is not something we see. It is our pleasure to contribute.”

“It’s like we’re all going through the same thing,” said neighbor Aneesa Shaik.

“This is totally awesome,” said displaced resident Mary Lucy. She was out of town when the fire happened. Her cat, Maverick, was at home at the time and was safely rescued by the Troy Fire Department through the help of Lucy’s neighbor and friend, Peggy Murray.

Lucy, a resident in the complex for 25 years, said that when she was asked to come to the Oct. 23 event to receive a donation, she thought it would be $20. Lucy, Maverick and Lucy’s dog are staying in an apartment nearby as Lucy goes through the paperwork and details following the fire. She has been told it will take a year to rebuild her townhome. “Work hasn’t started yet,” she said.

Lucy said Shaik’s father, Shareef, helped Lucy go through and inventory the spices that were ruined in the blaze and kept her supplied with hot coffee as he helped her with other details.

Lucy reported that Maverick is adjusting to apartment life, but it’s tougher for her dog.

Lucy said it is challenging to go through all the paperwork and insurance details.

“Everything is a fight,” she said. “I can’t thank you enough,” she said after receiving the donated money.

Advertisement