Community rallies around Vassalboro family who lost home in fire
VASSALBORO (WGME) – A family is homeless, after a fire in Vassalboro.
The owners were out doing volunteer work when it started.
Neighbors say the fire moved fast, and the mobile home off Route 32 in Vassalboro is now just a shell.
The owners, an older couple, were out on their normal routine when the flames broke out, delivering Meals on Wheels.
Neighbors kicked down the front door too late to save anything, even the couple's pet.
While this family is without a home for right now, many in the community say it won't be for long. They're trying to get the home next door set up as quickly as possible so they can move in right away.
While the cause of this fire is still unknown.
What is known is the surrounding community is already trying to give back to those who've given so much.
On Saturday, Spectrum Generations — the company that spearheads the local Meals on Wheels program, for which the Goguen's volunteer — released the following statement via its community engagement officer, Stephanie Hanner.
Ron and Sandra Goguen have been longtime, dedicated Meals on Wheels volunteers for Spectrum Generations, and we were devastated to hear news of a fire at their home while they were volunteering with our program. Ron and Sandra bring joy to those they serve, and to our staff as well. Ron and Sandra are truly wonderful people as evidenced by their commitment to our mission, giving of their time and energy delivering Meals on Wheels to others in the community; they have already let us know they plan to deliver their normal route without missing a day.
Spectrum Generations is fully supportive of Ron and Sandra during this time, and are in the midst of planning a benefit for them, more details of which will be forthcoming.