Family loses home, pets in Sunday fire

STRODES MILLS — A family of six lost everything they own, including four pets, in a “devastating” fire that broke out about 10:30 p.m. Sunday at their home, located at 499 Strodes Run Road.

Donald Price III, chief of West Granville Fire Co., said the home was a total loss and the cause of the fire is under investigation, as well as where the fire started.

Family and friends are collecting donations on behalf of the family, said Lori Ginithan, a relative.

“It’s just devastating,” said Edria McTavish, adding she and her family, which includes John McTavish and children, Iris, 15, Noah, 8, Colton, 6, and Emma, 10 months, are currently staying at the Quality Inn, Burnham. The family then plans to stay with a friend until they are able to find an apartment.

“We’re doing the best we can. Our children are very displaced. They just want to go home,” she stated.

McTavish said the family lost a duck, a pig, a dog and a cockatiel in the fire. A cat made it out safely and is staying with a friend of the family.

“My kids loved to rescue animals,” she said, adding she is grateful for the support of the firefighters and first responders. “They did everything they could. They were very kind to my children.”

McTavish said the Red Cross is also providing assistance.

“We are very grateful. The community is really pulling together to help us out,” she said.

Donations can be taken to 112 School St., Burnham, or 132 Shaw Ave., Lewistown.

The family will need household items such as pillows, bedding and furniture, as well as kids items such as toys and clothing.

An account will be set up to take cash donations, which can be taken to MCS Bank in Lewistown or Belleville after noon.