SURREY (NEWS 1130) — A GoFundMe campaign for a Surrey family whose house burned down Tuesday has already raised nearly half of its $10,000 goal.
Selina Rasmussen organized the fundraising page after her friend Cortlin Gilmer and six of Gilmer’s family members, including her two young children, saw their home burn to the ground.
“Our friend and her family are needing support after a devastating fire took out their home this afternoon,” says Rasmussen on the fundraising page.
The fire erupted early Tuesday afternoon after an explosion in the garage caused the house to quickly go up in flames.
Ben Dirksen, Assistant Chief for Surrey Fire, says the fire was difficult to put out, but that nobody was hurt.
Another family member added those who escaped the house were treated at a local hospital for smoke inhalation but were otherwise not harmed.
This comes a month after Gilmer and one of her children were involved in a severe car crash, according to the GoFundMe page.
By Wednesday afternoon, more than $4,700 has been raised.
Gilmer thanked people for the support in a Facebook post, but reminded them her parents and brother also lost their family home.
“I just wanted to say thank you to all my friends and others who have donated to the go fund me and shared the link.”