Lander Community Helps Family After House Fire
Victoria Fregoso reports, vfregoso@K2tv.com
A family in Lander lost their home to a fire over the weekend. While the family of four didn't have a chance to grab any of their belongings, the community is pulling together to make sure they have everything they need.
Saturday morning, just 2 days after Thanksgiving, Dawn Oldman, her husband and their two small children ages 3 and 5 were getting ready for their Saturday morning routine of going for a drive. But what happened next, has changed their lives. "When my husband went towards the kitchen he felt a really bad heat coming from my son's room and he right away told us to get out," said Dawn Oldman. Dawn gathered up her family and went across the street, to her sisters house to call 9-1-1. "By the time I got over to my sisters house and looked over, the house was completely coming out with black smoke." It took firefighters with the Lander Volunteer Fire Department just 10 minutes to put out the flames, but the home is still considered a complete loss. With less than half of the home damaged by fire and the other half damaged by smoke, the only belongings the Oldman family got out with were the clothes they had on their backs. "Dry wall is missing, my dining room tables and chairs are just metal, my fridge got melted." For now, the family is staying in a hotel, but it's the response from the community that's helping them through this trying time. "Unbelievable, I'm so thankful that I live in the community that I do." Everything from the clothing collection by the Lander Volunteer Fire Department to a storage unit for 2 months from LSP Auto and Storage is exactly what the Oldman family is thankful for. Two friends are even making sure the family has a hot meal every night. "They've been calling restaurants to see if they can donate us meals because there is no stove to cook for me and my kids in a motel room." The family has also opened an account for cash donations at Atlantic City Federal Credit Union. "I just can't express how much I appreciate my community." Clothes can be dropped off at the Lander fire station at Garfield and 4th Street. Sizes needed are: Men's shirts size 2X, Pants size 38 X 32 Women's shirts size XL, Pants size 18 Boys clothes for a 5 year old shirts and pants size 7 Girls clothes for a 2 year old, size 3T to 4T Cash donations can be made to the Oldman family at Atlantic City Federal Credit Union at 1005 S. 11th Street in Lander.