Firefighters saved an item that was special to residents — an urn with a relative’s remains — despite a fire extensively damaging their Harlem Heights neighborhood home.
Firefighters from the Iona McGregor Fire District were called to a structure fire on Duera Mae Drive in the early Tuesday.
Heavy flames burning in a storage structure attached to the left side of the single-family home spread into the home.
Three adults living in the home escaped without injury before fire crews arrived and firefighters quickly extinguished the fire.
An Iona McGregor fire official said the home will likely be a loss because of structural damage.
Iona McGregor’s fire marshal and an investigator are conducting the fire investigation.
Despite the destruction of the home, fire crews recovered several personal items for the family, including an urn that held the ashes of the residents’ grandmother.
The American Red Cross Florida Gulf Coast to Heartland Chapter is assisting the family and listed several things people can do to help:
- Make a financial donation to their local Red Cross to help people affected by home fires and other disasters in the United States and around the world. Visit redcross.org/donate.
- Visit redcross.org/homefires to find out how to protect themselves and their homes from fire.
- Become a Red Cross volunteer by applying at redcross.org/sflvolunteer.
- Download the Red Cross Emergency App by visiting redcross.org/apps or texting ‘GETEMERGENCY’ to 90999. This all-inclusive app combines more than 35 emergency alerts to help keep the user safe. And the Monster Guard mobile app is specially designed for kids, teaching them to prepare for emergencies at home by playing an engaging game.
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