Fire displaces Farmington family, community steps up to lend helping hand

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You can’t plan for when tragedy strikes and that’s certainly how a Farmington family feels after they lost their home of nearly two decades to a fire Tuesday. 

The flames displaced Joe Bazzell, his wife Pam, and their son, who just recently had surgery. There is light though in such a negative time, seeing how and what the community is doing to help them.

“This is just a hard time,” said Joe Bazzell, Homeowner.

Tuesday, everyone made it out alive, but Joe’s wife, Pam, is in a Springfield hospital getting treated for severe burns. As the Bazzell family begins the recovery process, their friends and family in farmington have stepped up to keep them on their feet. 

“My heart goes out to them,” said Bazzell. “It really shows my family and myself just what good friends are and when you’re in a hard time your good friends and your famiy are there.”

It may be as something as simple as a shower,  fresh clothes or a warm meal, leaving Bazzell to say he’s forever grateful for their kindness and their true generosity.

“I just have to say thank you to all of them for everything that everyone has done,” said Joe. 

Now, the rebuilding process begins leaving the Bazzell family and their community working together to move forward.

“Everyone’s safe,” said Joe. “Everyone’s good. We’re all alive. Everything here is replaceable. The memories here we all have them [in our minds]. Nothing, not even a fire can take that away from us.”

One of the family’s daughters has started a GoFundMe for her brother and parents with a goal of $2,000 dollars to help get them back on their feet. 

An official cause to the fire has not yet been released, but the homeowners say investigators believe an electrical issue is the cause. 

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