Co-workers seek donations for family following fire
Friends and co-workers of Dee Cusmano, long-time employee of the Houghton Lake Clark gas station, are seeking help from the community following a fire Monday morning that left her home she shared with Ed Dygert and their two children unlivable.
The fire started in a car in the back yard at 121 Black Elm, Prudenville, which spread to a fiberglass boat parked next to it. The fire then spread to the home's garage. Denton Township firefighters, assisted by the Markey Township Fire Department, extinguished the fire after about a half-hour.
Paula Nowland, customer service associate at Clark, said the couple were purchasing the home on a land contract and did not have homeowner's insurance. Because of smoke damage and remains of the fiberglass boat, the family will have to wear face masks to reenter the home.
Nowland said for three days the family received help from the American Red Cross, but will need clothes, money and a rental unit. She said Cusmano's brother and sister-inlaw also lived in the home, and will seek separate living arrangements.
Donation cans have been placed at both the Houghton Lake Clark and the Prudenville Clark, Nowland said.
Clothing donations will be accepted as well, and may be dropped off at the Houghton Lake Clark station, 5175 W. Houghton Lake Drive. Cusmano and Dygert have two children, Savannah, 4, and Nino, 12. Clothing sizes needed are: Girls, 5-6; boys, men's medium shirt and size 29 pants; women's 2XL shirt and size 18-20 pants; men's XL shirt and size 34 pants.
The family also has a dog and two rabbits.
Nowland may be reached at the Houghton Lake Clark at 366-8723.