Groton, N.Y. — A fundraiser has been launched for a Groton family that “lost everything” in a house fire earlier this week.

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Renee Brehm and her two children were displaced by the blaze on West Cortland Street.

As The GoFundMe page says:

“The fire started upstairs and her brother was able to get both the children out of the house with out injury while Renee was at work. 

The house is a total (loss) with the cause being contributed to faulty electrical wiring. 

Both of (Brehm’s) small children (ages 9 and 7 ) have lost pretty much everything they own including sentimental items they had since birth and since the fire started in Renee’s bedroom, she has lost everything of her own.

Renee is a single mom who works hard to support her children and now has to from scratch.

Please help this young family get back on their feet, in a warm home with basic necessities that this tragic accident took from them.

About $850 has been raised so far. The fundraiser seeks to raise $5,000 for the family.

Clothing has also been donated to the family, according to the fundraising page.

“They are now set on clothes I am being told,” one commenter said on the fundraising page.

“Thank you to all of the generous people coming together to help such a wonderful little family!”

Here’s our story about the fire itself: Fire destroys Groton home lived in by family of 4; structure ‘a total loss’

An update to the fundraising page was posted Thursday morning:

“We will never be able to thank you enough for all you’ve donated,” it said. “Whether it be time, monetary, prayers or just some kind words. Every little thing counts.”

You can donate to the Brehm family here.


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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.