Fire destroys Perry residence, leaves family homeless

Stephanie IvankovichEditorsivankovich@theperrychief.com
Fire destroys Perry residence, leaves family homeless

A fire left a local family homeless.

A home located in the Jac Mobile Home Estates Perry, 2801 First Ave. 24, was totaled from a fire on May 30.

Chris Hinds, the fire chief of the Perry Volunteer Fire Department, said the fire was first noticed by homeowner Edwin Adam Rivas at about 10 p.m.

Rivas noticed that his entire front porch was on fire through his living room window, Hinds said.

Rivas, a father of four, took his wife and children out of the rear door because there was no way to escape using the usual way, the fire chief continued.

One of the neighbors helped him because the rear door had been permanently sealed, he said.

With the help, everyone escaped safely, he said.

“The fire does not seem suspicious in any nature,” Hinds said.

Brian Eiteman, local fire investigator, told Hinds the cause has been ruled undetermined.

Twenty firefighters were on scene, he added.

Yeisha Sarceno, Rivas’s sister-in-law, told the Perry Chief that nothing was salvageable and the Rivas family lost everything including their clothes, furniture, photos and car.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family.

Donations are also being taken at Hands of Potter, 302 Willis Ave. or the pastor’s house 1120 W. Ninth St., Sarceno said.

According to the police report the Red Cross was contacted.

The Rivas’ are currently staying with their nephew and his family, she said.