Neighbor holds fundraiser to support family devastated by fire

Colleen O'Lear, left, a Pampered Chef consultant shows Ginger Klawyer various food items at the boutique put on to support the Wheeler family in a home in Saugus. Samie Gebers/The Signal

The Wheelers were displaced when a fire destroyed their home in May. But they still have a lot they are grateful for.

Tammy Wheeler is thankful that no one was injured, that the firefighters saved some family photographs hanging on the second floor and the community support that flooded their way.

Tiffany Montez was one such community member that wanted to support her next door neighbors who lost everything they owned. On Sunday, she turned her home into a boutique to raise money for the Wheelers.

“I feel like we just really need to look out for each other,” Montez said. “They can use all the help they can get.”

A charred part of the Wheeler family home can be seen past backpacks that were sold at the boutique that was put on next door on a home in Saugus to support the family. Samie Gebers/The Signal

Montez, who is a fashion consultant with Lularoe, reached out to vendors and community members to make the event happen.

“We should help support others in the community, it’s as simple as that,” said Ginger Klawer, who heard about the boutique and decided to come out and support.

Tammy Wheeler’s mother decided to support her sister, who was selling painted glass to support the family.

“It’s devastating, they found the perfect home in a perfect location,” Pat Rosson said. “My daughter loves decorating, she’s put so much of herself into it.”

“I want my home back,” Wheeler said. “I put a lot of myself into that house.

According to Wheeler, a fire investigator found that an HP laptop’s battery exploded on the second floor which caused the blaze.

“It’s a wake up to everybody that your life can change in an instant,” Rosson said.

Pam Rosson, right, and Cathy Hodeck, family members of the Wheelers, sit next to Hodeck’s painted glass goods at the boutique put on to support the Wheeler family in a home in Saugus. Samie Gebers/The Signal

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