Good Neighbors

Community Rallies Around Neighbor Who Lost Everything

Chris Fromme had no homeowners insurance when his house burned to the ground. Now neighbors are reaching out and fundraising to help him get back on his feet.


(Images: GoFundMe page)

This is the story of neighbors who've pitched in to help their friend whose house burned down, leaving him literally nothing but the clothes on his back.

Chris Fromme is well known around Ross Township. He's active in politics and the community. So a lot of people were heartbroken when his house on Pittview Road was destroyed by a fire the night of February 8. Firefighters tried valiantly to save it, but the street is steep, and the night was frigid. Fromme made it out OK, but he had no homeowners insurance. Immediately neighbors watching from the edge of the police tape started asking what they could do. One took him into their home. Some brought him food and the cash they had on hand. Others volunteered clothing.

Everyone knew Chris would need more than that to get his property cleared, and maybe, just maybe, re-build his house and his life. He would need volunteers, and he'd need money, so his friend Kristin Kilroy started a GoFundMe page. The goal was $15,000. As of this writing it had raised over $10,000!

The GoFundMe page has also been a place for those who want to volunteer to correspond. Like last weekend, when Chris left a note that he had a dumpster at the property if anyone wanted to come by and help and help him sort through and salvage what's left.

People are also leaving notes of support on the fundraising page:

God Bless you Chris. - Scott and Michelle

Chris I'm so sorry to hear about your loss, but thankful we didn't lose you! Praying for you. -Elizabeth

You're in our thoughts and prayers. - Diane

If you'd like to help Chris, click here for the link to the GoFundMe page.

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