Gofundme Fire Damage Update

There was a big write up in the local paper about the fire at my mom’s. An excerpt (link to full article on gofundme update page.)

brandi fireBrandi Harris fights back tears as she talks with friends on the front porch of her home on North Fayette Street in Jacksonville. Dirt, ashes and fresh scratches cover her hands, reminders of her effort to save pets from her house after a fire early Tuesday. More than half a dozen pets died from smoke inhalation and several more are missing.


They were also interviewed by a local tv station today, though I’ve not seen any footage posted yet.

The article teaser was about the police officer who had to seek hospital treatment for smoke inhalation. I was impressed with the way they kept it focused on my sister and brother in law’s efforts to save their pets, though, rather than playing up the overloaded power strip causing the fire. Even my fundme page was mentioned in the article, though there’s been little activity on it. Speaks to the charitable nature of this place.

The death of the kitty at the vet’s office brought the total up to nine cats and two ferrets,plus all her pet frogs. Rocky is still fighting and sis says she is going to keep him since he’s fought this hard and they’ve invested so much money in his vet care. Long as he’s loved, excellent.

My nephew has been beating himself up because it was his room, his power strip, that started the whole thing. Less than worry about property damage considering he lost all his stuff, he feels responsible for the death of all the cats.

I went to the fire department today and got two brand new smoke detectors. I don’t trust the ones that came with this place, not after seven years. So everyone- check your smoke detectors, the batteries, even if your landlord is responsible. And hope they work better than the ones the landlord installed at mom’s. No way it should take flames leaping out before smoke is detected.

Thanks to everyone passing this on, to those who have donated, to all those wishing my family well. It is greatly appreciated.

P.S.- The cats listed as “missing” in the article have all been found and are being housed by a relative, in great shape.

May the lost pets rest in peace and know they will not be forgotten.



2 Responses to “Gofundme Fire Damage Update”

  1. Reblogged this on and commented:
    If you can help, please do. Thank you.

  2. I wish I had more to offer than hugs.

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