Wilsall family loses home to recent fire

Park County has pulled together to help a Wilsall family who lost their home to a fire.

A Livingston community organization, a page on www.gofundme.com and many local residents have helped Mary and RC Corey and their two daughters get back on their feet after a fire that destroyed their home Dec. 29. 

Although the family is still looking for a new home, Mary Corey said the outpouring of support has helped her family a great deal.

“I’ve definitely seen a good side of humanity in the last week,” she said.  

The fire that took the family’s Wilsall home started Dec. 29 as Mary and RC Corey were at a movie, having a “very rare date night,” according to information posted on the Go Fund Me page for the family.  Their daughters, Megan and Rebecca, ages 18 and 10, were at home when the fire started in the living room, possibly from an ember from a wood-burning stove. The girls, who were in their bedrooms when the fire started, managed to scramble outside into the snow. Their parents arrived home to find their home fully engulfed. 

“The house was on fire and our kids were in the snow…I was shocked, scared,” Mary Corey said. “I think we’ve run the gamut of emotions over the last week.”

The family has been unable to find their pets, three cats and a dog. They moved to Wilsall in November of 2013, Mary Corey said, and have been overwhelmed with the support from the community. 

In the last week, Shields Valley and Livingston community members stepped up, donating nearly everything the family needs for a new home while the Go Fund Me page raised more than $11,000. Storage spaces in Wilsall and Livingston have also been donated. 

3S Gives, a Livingston community organization started by a woman who was once herself homeless, helped solicit donations of household goods for the family. 

The organization helped collect beds, a dining table, a microwave, a television, a washer and dryer and other items for the family, said Cassandra Koehn, who started 3S Gives several months ago to help families in need. 

 When Koehn heard about the Coreys, she made a post on her organization’s Facebook page that included a list of everything the family needed and drop off locations. 

Koehn said the family still needs to find a rental, which has proved difficult. 3S Gives is also still collecting gift cards and miscellaneous kitchen and other household supplies like garbage bags, paper towels, toilet paper, etc. 

For more information, visit 3S Gives Facebook page.

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Natalie Storey may be reached at nstorey@livent.net