Neighbor raising money to help fire victims

June 12, 2012

HAGERSTOWN — A neighbor has started a fund to help two women whose homes were destroyed in a May 24 fire on Cannon Avenue in Hagerstown.

Donna Delosier said she spent a week at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Burn Center in Baltimore for treatment of burns to her upper body..

Delosier has been living with a friend since the fire destroyed her home, she said Tuesday. The house and its contents were uninsured, she said.

Her recovery is going well, and coworkers at the assisted-living facility where she worked donated clothing, shoes and other items, Delosier said.

But she cannot return to work until her burns are fully healed, she said.

The other half of the duplex was occupied by Brenda Clever and her son, neighbor Debbie Guessford said.

Clever said she has been living with a relative since shortly after the fire.

Guessford said she has started the Cannon Avenue Fire Victims Fund to help Clever and Delosier. Donations can be made in care of Debbie Guessford at any Susquehanna Bank branch, she said.

Delosier said she saved her pet dogs, Jazzi and Lady, from  the fire, and neighbors found another dog, Sadie, the next day. But Delosier lost four cats and two birds in the blaze, she said.

Delosier said she owned her half of the duplex. Clever was renting the other side, Guessford said.

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