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Donations Needed for Crisfield Family Displaced by Fire

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Thursday afternoon's fire at this home on Chesapeake Avenue in Crisfield damaged both the inside and outside of the house, with extensive damage on the inside. (Photo: WBOC) Thursday afternoon's fire at this home on Chesapeake Avenue in Crisfield damaged both the inside and outside of the house, with extensive damage on the inside. (Photo: WBOC)
(Photo: WBOC) (Photo: WBOC)

CRISFIELD, Md.- A fire that broke out at a home in Crisfield on Thursday afternoon destroyed nearly everything inside the home, including the Christmas gifts for the children.

The fire started in the kitchen of the home on Chesapeake Avenue. The flames were contained in the kitchen but the smoke, soot and water caused much of the damage throughout the rest of the dwelling. This left the family of four, which includes a 10-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl, were displaced as a result of the blaze.

"I thank God that everybody in the family is good.  My daughter has a sprained ankle but besides that, we've truly been blessed," said Lynatte Cottman, the family's mother.

Crisfield Fire Chief Frankie Pruitt said he will be collecting donations of clothing and toys for the children at the Crisfield Fire Department for delivery to the family this weekend. The boy is a size 12 for shirts, jeans and a coat. The girl is a size 6 for shirts, jeans and a coat.

"It's bad anytime  of the year when a family is burnt out of their home but around Christmas time, with small kids.  I mean, they've got two kids, a ten year old son and a six year old daughter.  I have two kids of my own and it's bad," said Pruitt.

Pruitt said he is looking for toys and clothes but mostly gift cards so the family will be able to purchase whatever it needs.

For more details or to arrange a donation, call Pruitt at (410) 726-2381 or email him at crisfieldfirechief2@yahoo.com.

Donations for the family can also be dropping off at Somerset County Longterm Recovery in Crisfield on Friday 12/20 8:30-4:30 or Monday 12/23 8:30-4:30.  Or at Shiloh United Methodist Church at 109 N. 4th Street Crisfield.

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