Fundrasier for family’s home destroyed in fire

A New Year’s Day fire completely destroyed a home on East Michigan Street in Marquette, leaving a mom and her son without a place to live.

But friends and family are pulling together to help the Katona family have a new start.

The fire started at about 4:30 a.m. New Year’s Day and it took fire fighters eight hours to put it out.  The cause of the fire is still unknown.

The mom and her son are currently living with family but are hoping to rebuild and are in need of basic household items.

Friends say they just had to help out.

“When I heard about what happened and we knew the house was totally lost and how hard it would be for them to come back from this, we knew if we asked the community we would get what they needed right off the bat,” fundraiser organizer Neily Collick said.

“Marquette is a very generous community, it’s half the reason why I live here.  When something happens to someone everyone wants to get involved and help out,” fundraiser organizer Nicole Corne said.

If you would like to help out, the fundraiser is Wednesday night at the Ore Dock Brewing Company in Marquette from 6-8 p.m.  It will consist of a pot luck, raffle prizes, and a silent auction.

The donation to attend is $5, and all of that money will go directly to the family.

You can also make donations by clicking here.