GEARY COUNTY, Kan. (WIBW) -- After seeing a local family lose their home and possessions in a fire, area firefighters are coming together to hold a fundraiser and help them recover from their devastating loss.
Members of the Geary County Rural Fire Department and the Grandview Plaza Fire Department are hosting a Chili & Sloppy Joe Benefit on Saturday, January 26, 2013 from 4: 30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
at the Grandview Plaza City Building at 402 State Street.
All of the proceeds will go to the Sohnrey family.
Tracy and Lynn Sohnrey and their four children escaped a fire at their home on McDowell Creek Road on January 13, 2013.
Officials say the blaze started at or around the wood stove located in the basement of the 123-year-old house. The family was home at the time and escaped safely as flames spread to the rest of their home, destroying the back portion and main floor.
Firefighters hauled 27,000 gallons of water to the scene from Manhattan and were assisted by crews from Geary County and Fort Riley.
The family is staying with a relative for now but they need a permanent place to live and have lost nearly all of their belongings.
Those close to the Sohnreys have also set up a fund at Alta Vista State Bank to help them through this difficult time and get them back on their feet.
Friends call them a "very deserving" family.
Donations can be made in person or by mail to:
Tracy and Lynn Sohnrey Fund
Alta Vista State Bank
619 Main Street
P.O, Box 249
Alta Vista, KS 66834