Community Seeks to Provide Comfort for Recovering After House Fire
Two adults, a four-year-old, and a seven-month-old baby remain in guarded condition at Strong Hospital following a house fire in Chili. Community organizations have started collecting donations for the Ogg family.
The family's house and belongings were destroyed in the fire Thursday morning, but as the family recovers in the hospital, the community is working to give them something to come home to.
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Every Sunday, Pastor Myke Merrill's sermon teaches that faith is what gets you through those trying times.
"The question really is not how we stop all that damage from occurring, but how do we respond to it when it does happen," said Merrill.
He says even under the worst circumstances, God works through people.
"Every detail that had to happen in a certain fashion for the sake of the family did happen. The postal lady not taking her break, being there at the right time," Merrill said.
Postal worker Barb Langdon never delivered mail on Golden Road before. While covering someone's shift Thursday morning, she noticed black smoke coming from the Ogg family home.
She pulled 67-year-old Judy Ogg out of a window. Firefighters were able to rescue her daughter Kaitlyn, grandson RJ, and seven-month-old Mara, who was found underneath some debris.
Kaitlyn’s husband Joseph works at Monroe Tech and manages tech services for the church.
"I saw him today at the hospital for quite a bit, sat down with him. I had prayer with him and his family. His extended family are all standing vigil. The doctors have been pretty hopeful."
Parma Christian Fellowship Church, along with Monroe Tech, are collecting donations for the Ogg family.
"He's a friend; he's family. Anything we can do to help him out, we're gonna do. They're just starting off; it's a young family and to have something like this happen is just very hard," said Chris Tobin, Monroe Tech president.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. The Chili Fire chief says there were no working smoke detectors in the home. The two women and children suffered smoke inhalation and burns.
As he prepares for Sunday's service, Pastor Myke asks the community to be a source of strength for a family in need.
YNN spoke with Joseph Ogg off camera and he expressed his gratitude for the community's support, saying:
"This situation is very hard on us all. We are very grateful for the support we are receiving from our friends, and the community we live in. I can not thank everyone enough."
Financial donations are being accepted. Checks should be made out to:
Parma Christian Fellowship Church
Or donate in person at the church:
51 Railroad Avenue
Hilton NY 14468
or at Monroe Tech At 392-TECH (8324)
53 South Avenue
Hilton NY 14468