Fund-raiser to help fire victims is today Blaze destroyed family's house, possessions

April 28, 1996|By TaNoah V. Sterling | TaNoah V. Sterling,SUN STAFF

One week after David and Cindy Fowler put the finishing touches on landscaping to their newly remodeled home, a fire destroyed everything they had.

Now Mr. Fowler's co-workers are holding a fund-raiser to help replace what the couple and their children lost in the 30-minute blaze. They've already raised $4,500 by selling $10 tickets for a cookout and pig roast to be held at the Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Station at 1 p.m. today. They expect to quickly sell the remaining 50 tickets at the door.

"Everyone in the Fire Department has been so good," said Mrs. Fowler, 39, a saleswoman at Carpet Creations in the 8100 block of Ritchie Highway. "It's like having another family."

Mrs. Fowler said her husband of 21 years and two of their three children had been living in the house in the 600 block of Powhatan Beach Road in Pasadena for less than a year, but they already had installed carpeting, put up wallpaper and finished converting the basement into a bedroom for their 20- and 10-year-old sons.

The next week, they put all the shrubs and flowers in place, and on April 2, all of it went up in smoke.

"Everything was gone, and you don't know where to begin," Ms. Fowler said. "Then you turn around and you've got all these people there saying, 'What can we do to help?' They take care of what you need before you even have a chance to ask."

Immediately after the fire, Debbi Sosnoski, a firefighter in the South Glen Burnie fire station and Jeb Burton, who works in the department's maintenance division, told the couple not to worry about what the insurance didn't pay, they would hold a fund-raiser to cover the rest.

Because most of the food and liquor was donated from several local businesses, they will be able to hand the Fowler family nearly every dime earned from ticket sales and gambling wheels at 6 p.m. when the benefit is to end.

Pub Date: 4/28/96

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