Community Supports Family of House Fire


by Terry Rogers

Earlier this month, the home of Zeb and Jessie Howard was severely damaged by fire. According to a GoFundMe arranged by their friend, Brittany Spicer, who was there when the fire began, the left side of the home was damaged severely but everything else in the house suffered heavy soot and water damage.

“While cooking dinner with our best friends, Zeb and Jessie, a tragedy occurred,” Spicer wrote. “A fire started in the game room on the other side of the house and, by the time we realized what was going on and shuffled to get their three dogs out of the house, the entire downstairs was engulfed in smoke.” The GoFundMe page has raised $3,475of the $5,000 goal established.

Spicer expressed extreme gratitude for the outpouring of sympathy for her friends, stating that the money raised will be used to rebuild not only their wardrobes and basic necessities but ultimately to navigate through the months to come with less stress as they try to rebuild their home.

“The outpouring of support since Saturday night has been incredible,” Jessie Howard said. “A lot of people have been asking if we need anything. The one thing I am in need of immediately is the blue plastic mouthpiece for a Dulera inhaler. I depend on this medicine daily for asthma. I have the cartridges but not the part that actually makes the medicine come out. If anyone has an extra one they can spare or know where I can get one, I would greatly appreciate it.”

The Howard’s are grateful that they came out of the fire unscathed and that all three of their dogs were also safely evacuated. The outpouring of sympathy continued on various social media sites with people offering leashes and other dog supplies as well as clothing, food and more.

“Milford is quite good at coming together when others need it,” Sarah Donald commented on NextDoor.

The GoFundMe site can be found at