Trust fund set up for woman who lost her house in Bethany this morning
Submitted by Howard Owens on January 26, 2010 - 3:24pm
Friends of a BOCES teacher who lost her home in East Bethany to a fire this morning have set up a trust fund to help her. She lost all of her possessions and three pets.
Cassandra Carlsen, who works at East Bethany Presbyterian Church, notified us this afternoon that a trust fund is established at Five Star Bank for Louise Ward. Anybody can make a donation.
The 58-year-old fire victim has been a member of the church since May.
"She's a wonderful person and it's just a tragedy that she lost her home and her pets are gone," Carlsen said.
Ward and her late husband, Bruce, purchased the house at 5823 E. Bethany-Le Roy Road about three years ago. Bruce was diagnosed with cancer some time later and died.
Carlsen said that Ward has been very involved in the church and church members have quickly stepped forward to offer support.
Meanwhile, the official press release from the Sheriff's Office has been released.
As reported previously, the fire appears to have started with a wood stove and the house was a total loss.
The initial calls of fire came in from Steve Weaver and Louis M. Reeb, who were passing by. After seeing the flames coming from the rear, southwest corner of the house. Reeb immediately knocked on the doors and windows to alert any possible occupants, but got no response.
The house was insured through Tompkins Insurance Agency.
To donate, mail checks to: FIVE STAR BANK, 124 W. Main St., Le Roy, NY, 14482; Attention: Louise Ward Trust Fund.
UPDATE: Photos added. The house was knocked down both as a safety precaution to prevent anybody from entering an unsafe strurcture and to help fight the fire. Crews were on scene about 4 p.m. to knock out a hot spot that flared up.