DALTON -- Two community collections have been organized to benefit the family of Daniel and Angie Lee, whose home was destroyed in a Sunday evening fire.
Members of the Dalton Fire Department responded at 5:47 p.m. to what investigators now believe to be an electrical fire at a residence located at 21 Crane Ave.
Since a number of Dalton firefighters were already helping battle another house fire in Hinsdale at the time, Dalton Fire Chief Gerry Cahalan called for mutual aid, with Windsor and Lanesborough fire departments arriving on the scene.
Initial reports said the family included the husband and wife and an infant child, but Julie Lytle, a friend and neighbor of the Lee family, said a total of six occupants escaped from the home, including two other school-age children and a college-age family member who was staying with them at the time. No one was injured.
"It’s been awful for them," Lytle said. "They only left with the clothes on their backs."
Cahalan said the fire caused significant damage to the home’s basement, damage on the first floor and smoke damage to rooms and personal property throughout the house.
While the fire was quickly doused, firefighters were at the scene for more than two hours ventilating the two-story structure and using chainsaws to cut through parts of the home’s flooring between the basement and first floor to make sure the fire was out.
Lytle told The Eagle that two collections were established on Tuesday to help support the Lee family, who are currently staying with relatives.
Monetary donations to The Fire Relief Fund for Daniel and Angela Lee can be made at any branch of the Pittsfield Cooperative Bank. Lytle said the family is also very active in athletic programs in Dalton, so a collection jar has also been established at the Dalton CRA on Main Street.
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