MERIDEN — Community groups and first responders are planning a fundraiser for a family affected by a house fire on Side Hill Road earlier this week.
The fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to noon at South Meriden Trinity United Methodist Church, 145 Main St., South Meriden.
It will be hosted by the Council of Neighborhoods, the South Meriden neighborhood association, the police department Neighborhood Initiative Unit, the fire department, Hunter’s Ambulance and the South Meriden Trinity United Methodist Church.
Donations of household items, small kitchen appliances, glasses, silverware, blankets, towels, pillows, and toiletries will be accepted. Gift cards and monetary donations are also being accepted, with checks made payable to the Council of Neighborhoods.
The Monday morning fire at 40 Side Hill Road left the home uninhabitable. Fire Marshal Steve Trella said on Wednesday the fire is under investigation and samples were taken from the home and sent to the state laboratory for testing.
Fire Chief Ken Morgan said the community rallies together after significant fires.
“When the community comes together, they come together like gangbusters,” Morgan said. “The events are always positive. There was a tragedy involved with it, and we are sensitive to that.”
Police attempted to locate Justin Miller, 35, shortly after the fire occurred. He was later found dead on nearby River Road. Police determined his death was a suicide.
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