Community gathers donations for survivors of Warwick fire

  • Flowers left at the remains of a home on Richmond Road in Warwick which caught fire early Saturday morning, March 4, 2017, claiming the lives of Lucinda Seago, 42, and four of her children.

  • The remains of a home on Richmond Road in Warwick which caught fire early Saturday morning, March 4, 2017, claiming the lives of Lucinda Seago, 42, and four of her children.

  • The remains of a home on Richmond Road in Warwick which caught fire early Saturday morning, March 4, 2017, claiming the lives of Lucinda Seago, 42, and four of her children.

Recorder Staff
Published: 3/7/2017 11:46:58 PM

WARWICK — Following a three-alarm fire Saturday that destroyed their home at 405 Richmond Road, the two surviving members of the Seago family are receiving an outpouring of donations and support.

Warwick resident Louise Doud is collecting furnishings, pots and pans, and dishware to set up an apartment in town for Scott Seago and his daughter Vivian, while Our Lady of Czestochowa in Turners Falls is collecting money via an online fundraising platform.

“Money is the best thing right now, because they lost everything,” Town Coordinator David Young said Tuesday.

The house is a “total loss,” Young said previously, with only the foundation and wood stove remaining. Though Scott and Vivian Seago were able to escape, Scott’s wife Lucinda, 42, and four of their children, Peter Seago, 7; Demetria Seago, 9; Martin Seago, 12 and Nicholas Seago, 15, died in the fire, which was deemed an accident by State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey.

The Seagos attended church at Our Lady of Czestochowa, leading church members to start a fundraising account with GiveSendGo.com.

“We just feel like we do everything together,” said church member Nancy Anne Faller. “None of us want to take credit for it.”

Faller said GiveSendGo.com is a Christian website that doesn’t take a portion of the proceeds. In addition to donating, people can use the site to send prayers.

The account has a $100,000 goal, which Faller said was “a number out of a hat” since church members were unsure what the family’s needs would be. Faller said the account was created Monday at around 10 p.m., and support was immediate.

“Even right away, it had money in it, within minutes of it going up,” she said.

As of press time Tuesday night, more than $9,000 had been raised through more than 100 donations, with a larger figure appearing nearly every time the page was refreshed.

Plus, Young said, about $1,700 was raised before the fundraising page was made, from which town officials were able to purchase a cell phone for Scott Seago. The community’s generosity, Young believes, is just beginning.

“You ain’t seen nothing yet,” he said. “We all want to do something.”

Visit http://bit.ly/2lUGNPo to donate money to the Seagos, or contact Louise Doud by phone at 978-544-2181 or by email at lpdoud@gmail.com to lend furnishings, pots and pans or dishware.


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