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Fire Victims' Employer Sets up Relief Fund

Posted April 9, 2007

— An emergency relief account has been set up for the family whose home in the Brier Creek subdivision was destroyed by fire Monday.

The owners of the home, Jason and Colleen Ramsden, are both employees at Ravenscroft School. Jason is the director of technology, and Colleen is the assistant lower school director.

The school has established a relief account with First Citizens Bank, officials announced Monday night. These funds will be deposited with First Citizens and will be immediately accessible to the Ramsdens.

“Ravenscroft is a tight-knit community and we have a history of coming together to support each other in times of both joy and sadness,” said Head of School Doreen Kelly. “This is a very difficult time for the Ramsden family, and we are doing everything possible to help them as they begin to rebuild."

A fire broke out in the home Monday afternoon. The blaze was reported shortly after 3 p.m. and rapidly consumed the structure at 9109 Meadow Mist Court. No injuries were reported.

"We continue to keep the family in our thoughts and prayers, and I know that the Ramsdens will greatly appreciate any help that is given," Kelly said. "They told me how fortunate they feel to have so many people who want to help and care so much about them.”

To make a non-tax deductible contribution, make checks payable to:

The Ramsden Family Fund
c/o Ravenscroft School
7409 Falls of Neuse Road
Raleigh, N.C. 27615


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  • badjudgement Apr 13, 2007

    Just because they are at Ravenscroft doesn't mean they earn as much as you may think. Being a teacher, private schools pay less than public schools.

  • gpink60 Apr 11, 2007

    I am a friend to the family. They do have insurance and they are not rich snobs but hard working Americans like most of us. The relief funds are set up to get them thru until insurance can help them rebuild. They woke up with the only clothes they now own.

  • smitty Apr 10, 2007

    Yelena, did I say to reward anyone?

  • Yelena Apr 10, 2007

    Why should we reward stupidity? I'm not sure anybody who wasn't bright enough to cary insurance deserves a thing. Can't afford it? I don't buy it. You never have a penny of discresionary income until the basics, like health insurance, are met. To many people who "can't" pay thier bills or afford health insurance are sipping soda pop and going to movies.

  • smitty Apr 10, 2007

    Anyone who can afford a home would be an idiot to not have sufficient insurance to cover their losses, including personal property and loss of use. Sympathy is fine, save your handouts for people who really need it.

  • Irishgreek Apr 10, 2007

    At least I am not hearing,Red Cross set them up for a month,or Debit cards given out.It's sweet to hear a true community pull together.These people have struggled along the way to make themselves better people(working citizens),not asking for handouts or any freebies.So in this time of need,I am donating.

  • rpdwife05 Apr 10, 2007

    If you go to the wake county register you can see that thier house was worth about 370,000. ASSUMING that home owners insurance covers the house and 1/3 of what was actually in there they might be ok. Regardless of where they work they are going to be hurting financially. Think about all they have to re-purchase that will not be covered in their Home owners insurance. Do you have that much money laying around? I make a good amount of money each year and I certianly don't have thousands of dollars laying around to re-purchase stuff for my home. Mabye you making comments will see one day what they are going through.

  • Tired of thoughtlessness Apr 10, 2007

    I am glad no one was home and no one got hurt.

  • lilreno is in the wind Apr 10, 2007

    I know I can be cold hearted on some issues, but some of you beat me by a mile. Its sad for anyone to lose a home to fire. Glad no one was hurt.

  • curiousgeorgia Apr 10, 2007

    I still think building codes here are way too lax! I have been watching cardboard box houses going up all over the place, they cost a fortune and are gone in a moment!

    I am so sorry for the family losing all like that, it is a terrible trauma which one does not ever get over. Sorry I don't have money to give, but I can give lots of sympathy!