Wednesday, July 02, 2008

"Help the Burner family recover from the loss of their home"
Early in the morning of July 1st, faulty wiring in a lamp caused an intense fire that destroyed the Ames Lake home of Darcy, Mike, and Henry Burner. While the family escaped unharmed, the house is a total loss, and the Burners have lost many (if not most) of their belongings.

Darcy is courageously running for Congress to change the direction of our country. She is an inspiration to many of us, but now she and her family need our support and prayers as they recover from this tragedy.

Here are some things you can do to help:

  1. Ask the campaign what you can do to help out around the office. Darcy plans to continue running for Congress, but she’s taking time off to get her life back in order. Your help can keep her going strong.
  2. Upload any pictures you have of the Burners to help them replace the recorded memories they lost. Original JPGs are preferred. (Images will not be displayed publicly, however, they will be given to the family).
Leave a message of support here at We’ll build a message board featuring your comments and deliver it to the Burner family to let them know we’re thinking about them.

Here is Darcy’s statement about what happened this morning:

“As many of you may be aware, early this morning my home was destroyed by a fire. It appears to have been caused by a faulty lamp in my son’s room. Unfortunately, our home and all of the possessions in it are a total loss, but I am so grateful that my family and I escaped safely. We may have lost our home and our possessions, but for the most part they can be replaced, and I feel like a true tragedy was narrowly avoided today. Please rest assured that while we have been a bit shaken by what happened, Mike, Henry and I are all okay.

“Particularly, I am grateful to the wonderful men and women of the Redmond and Kirkland Fire Departments, and the investigators from the King County Fire Investigation Unit. Their rapid response and incredible professionalism brought the fire under control and kept it from spreading to our neighbors’ homes. And these brave first responders even miraculously rescued my son’s puppy, who we initially thought had perished in the flames. Sadly, our cat, Charlotte , did not survive the fire.

“I am also deeply grateful for the expressions of support from friends, supporters and others who have called to express their condolences and offer their generous and heartfelt assistance. I am so moved by all of the offers of a place to stay, or clothes to wear, or all of the other offers of help that have poured in throughout the day. While we are fine for now, your kind expressions of support and concern have helped to sustain me through what has been a long and difficult day.

“For those who would like to do something to express their support, let me suggest making a contribution to your local humane society or animal shelter in memory of Charlotte , or to the Washington State Council of Firefighters Benevolent Fund.

“Thank you all for being there for us in my family’s time of need. It means so much to us.”



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