FOLLOWUP: Arbor Heights house-fire victim dies; neighbors organizing help

(WSB photo, Sunday evening)

2:55 PM: When an Arbor Heights house caught fire Sunday evening, neighbors rushed over with fire extinguishers to try to help while firefighters were on the way. Now, neighbors are assisting in another way – they’ve organized crowdfunding for the family coping with the aftermath of what SFD ruled was an accidental fire. The most seriously injured victim is still in the hospital in critical condition with burns, neighbor Steve tells WSB. So neighbors are doing what they can to help, and for all the times readers ask if they can help in the wake of emergencies, they wanted to let you know too. They explain on the crowdfunding page that the victim and his wife “are wonderful neighbors who have lived on our block for many years.”

4 PM: Since we published this, as noted in comments, the crowdfunding page has been updated with the news that the critically injured man, Angelo, has died.

4 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: Arbor Heights house-fire victim dies; neighbors organizing help"

  • Boinsted May 24, 2022 (3:53 pm)

    Per the crowd funding page, Angelo passed away from his injuries.

    • WSB May 24, 2022 (3:58 pm)

      Oh no. That is a very recent update, since I published this – I checked the page just before clicking “publish.”

  • D-Mom May 25, 2022 (3:48 am)

    So sad to hear about this neighbor dying. I see that the cause of the fire is an overheated power strip. It would be so beneficial to be able to hear more details of fire causes to learn from these situations. We have had a surprising number of fires in Arbor Heights in the 13 years that I’ve lived here.  Is there any source that has this?

  • Laura May 25, 2022 (3:38 pm)

    Martha is one of the most wonderful, caring, generous, intelligent, and selfless people I have ever met. She has been a caregiver without complaint for many years, and has worked hard quietly, capably, and  humbly as an educator for decades. 

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