Community rallies after home fire

By Ashley Loza
Kern Valley Sun

Photo submitted by Kern County Fire Department
KCFD responded to a structure fire on the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 28, in Canebrake, where the home of Page Fox and Jim Woods was fully engulfed. In the week that followed, community members rallied online to donate necessary items to the couple.

On Tuesday, Nov. 28, at approximately 6:30 p.m., Canebrake residents Page Fox and Jim Woods encountered a fire on their front porch that quickly engulfed their home.

According to Fox’s daughter, Deb Fox-Gleissman, Fox heard a noise on her porch that caused her to investigate. When she found flames, she ran back inside to call 911. Before completing the call, however, the blaze entered the home and spread across the ceiling.

Fox and Woods were able to escape their home with minor burns but made it out with only two of their dogs and the clothes they wore. The couple lost all other belongings, and, sadly, two dogs and four cats.

A single-wide trailer and 500 sq. ft. additional structure were lost in the blaze. The cause of the fire remains unknown as of press time.

The call to donate much-needed items to the couple went out via Facebook with the help of Fox’s children and local volunteer Denise Derrico, who administrates a community Facebook group. Fox’s children created a GoFundMe account for the couple, and many donations, both material and monetary, were received rapidly.

And it’s no surprise, as Fox and Woods are heavily involved in helping the local community themselves. Both volunteer with the local food distribution program, and they help deliver food to hikers along the Pacific Crest Trail. They also adopt elderly and disabled pets from the local animal shelter.

Although Fox and Woods have been unable to communicate with the community, they shared a ‘thank you’ letter with Derrico to pass on to the community.

Fox stated that she and Woods have seen that “volunteers in the KRV keep showing up whenever needed.”

“But until we experienced the help ourselves,” she continued, “the magnitude didn’t hit home.”

Fox also thanked the help that had come from outside of the valley, which she said the couple was also amazed by.

“We will live and hopefully die here in the KRV and do the best that we can to return the love that we are receiving,” concluded Fox.

For more information about the remaining needs and how to donate, visit www.facebook.com/helpingjimpage or www.gofundme.com/page-and-jim-lost-home-in-fire.

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