Long Islanders step up for Holbrook, Sayville families after devastating fires


Community members have raised more than $8,000 for two local families whose homes were either destroyed or significantly damaged in fires this month.

A fundraiser for a Holbrook family whose pet dog died in a blaze that destroyed their Windsor Court home on June 2 has raised $5,860 from more than 60 donors.

Fire department crews arriving at the scene were met with heavy fire on the second floor and attic of the home, according to the Holtsville Fire Department. Firefighters battled the fire for about two hours. “Please consider donating any amount you can to help the family rebuild and recover after this unspeakable tragedy,” reads a GoFundMe post from Danielle Polito.

You can click here for more information on how to donate.

Sayville fire leaves family without a home

A June 2 fire on Marion Street in Sayville caused extensive damage to the home, forcing Dianne Flinter and her two daughter Jenna and Olivia to find housing. All of the family members and their pets escaped the fire unharmed, but “the home is going under intense repairs to fix the damage the fire left,” according to the GoFundMe page established on Dianne Flinter’s behalf.

More than 50 donors have contributed a total of $2,605 to the online fundraiser.

“We are reaching out to the community for help,” reads the GoFundMe page, organized by Mikayla Montalvo. “In the mean time the family has to find housing, replace items that were destroyed and pay for the repairs due to the lack of renters insurance. If you can, please consider donating to our go fund me and keep them in your prayers.”

You can click here for more information on how to donate.

Top photo: Facebook/Holtsville Fire Department