Fire victim is ready for ‘good thing to happen’
Two weeks after her home and almost everything in it was destroyed by a fire, Farah Ray has been trying to just get through each day.
“I’ve been trying to work and then come home and deal with everything else,” she said. “By the time I get home I’m just stressed. Usually the mornings are pretty hard. That’s when I start thinking about things.”
On Christmas Day, at around 9 p.m., a neighbor reported the fire, which may have been burning for up to an hour and a half, Ray said.
Although the Glenshire house is still standing, the interior is ruined, and few of Ray’s belongings were salvageable.
Investigators are still looking into the cause of the blaze, but Ray believes the fire started from a faulty wall heater located in her two sons’ bedroom.
Because of the investigation, Ray hasn’t been allowed back in the house since last week.
Truckee residents responded immediately to the fire, setting up a bank account and donating toys, blankets, food, furniture and clothes.
“So far I’ve gotten about eight calls from people. Some had mattresses to donate, others had household goods,” said Meg Copeland of Truckee Community Care, who immediately started looking for donations after she heard about Ray’s situation.
Ray was worried about her kids – Zachary, 9 and Mitchell, 8 – whose Christmas presents were lost in the fire.
But the community responded by giving the family toys, some of which were things other children received for Christmas this year.
“It was really generous for the kids to give their toys away,” Ray said.
Between the bank account and donation cans around town, about $1,000 has been collected, and Ray is hoping to use the money to get started in another house.
“There hasn’t been anything to rent,” Ray said. She’s looking for a place big enough for herself, her sons, her mother and two dogs – and something she can afford.
Despite the stress and heartache of the last two weeks, Ray said she’s extremely grateful for all the help she’s received from the community.
“People have just helped so much,” she said. “A lot of good things are happening. I’m definitely ready for good things to happen.”
A fund-raiser has been organized at the Bar of America on Super Bowl Sunday, Jan. 25, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dinners for two, ski passes and ski lessons will be raffled off to raise money for Ray and her children. Raffle tickets cost $1.
A benefit account has also been set up for Farah Ray at US Bank, account number 153452441543.