FAIR LAWN, N.J. -- A special fundraiser filled with food, drink and good will is being held today (Sunday) for a Fair Lawn family who lost a portion of their home and all their belongings in a fire.
All who attend the event for the Milnes family at the Dutch House (24-07 Fair Lawn Ave) will get three hours of their fill for a $40 donation.
Although the event technically runs from 3 to 9 p.m., you can come anytime.
The borough Fire Department and Rescue Squad will be running 50/50s and raffles throughout the event.
"Suffering the devastation of a house fire is unimaginable," organizers wrote, "and these three kind-hearted friends of ours and their parents need their community's support."
There's veteran U.S. Army veteran Kyle, fellow Fair Lawn Volunteer Rescue Squad member Steve -- who also serves as a Class 1 police officer in town -- and Jackie, a pre-school teacher.
A Go Fund Me campaign had reached nearly $20,000 as of Sunday morning, a week after the 11:30 p.m. fire broke out in the family's Pomona Avenue basement and quickly spread to the first floor.
"We are very thankful that the only thing lost to the flames were things," close friend Amber Kay posted on Facebook. "The entire family (including the dog) made it out safely, but the fire consumed everything."
The blaze was brought under control after about 90 minutes, Police Sgt. Brian Metzler said. But much of the house was destroyed.
"The cause of the fire has been undetermined but is not considered suspicious," Metzler said.
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