UPDATE 10:00 AM 9/6: We have new details, including how you can help.
According to the Coldwater Daily Reporter, the Weller family, who were renting the house, had returned from picking up their kids at the school bus stop when their eldest son discovered the fire upon opening the front door, with flames up to the kitchen ceiling.
Smoke was visible from U.S. 12 when first responders arrived after 4 PM, and firefighters eventually had to vent the roof to knock down flames that had reached the attic.
In addition to a service dog being killed in the blaze, WTVB reports that the family lost everything, and is in desperate need of financial support.
They have five children ranging from 3 months to 16 years old.
David Weller’s sister, Shawna Notestine, has set up a Facebook Fundraiser page to get the family back on their feet, and she says no donation is too small. She’s hoping to raise $1,000, and as of this update, $80 had been raised so far.
Other family members say the Wellers have already received an overwhelming amount of clothing donations.
The damage from the fire is described as “major” and “serious,” though the exact cost estimates are not yet known.
A fire at a farm home shut down Burch Rd. between River and Hodunk Roads yesterday afternoon as crews worked to put it out.