Community lends a hand to family of six after devastating house fire

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HOLLANDALE, Wis. (WMTV) - The Hollandale Fire Department is hoping the community will help a family of six that was displaced after a Saturday morning fire.

Hollandale Fire Chief, Jerry Doescher, said the family was on vacation in Florida when the fire happened. The house was a total loss and the cause of the fire is unknown.

"It's great that nobody got hurt but it's still hard," said the home's owner Chris Mattison. "I ended up leaving a going for a walk. I didn't want the kids to get too upset. I waited until we got home and off the airplane. We're driving back and I told them what was going on trying to give them a few more hours of normalcy."

Mattison has lived in the home for seven years and owned it for ten years.

Mattison isn’t sure where they'll end up. But right now the generosity he's seeing in Hollandale is a reminder of why he calls the town home.

"I have a hard time taking charity," Mattison said. "At this point I don't know how much I can refuse. Right now it's nice to feel the love of a community."

The department asks residents to message their Facebook page with any potential donations for the single father of five children.

According to the Facebook post, the family lost all of their possessions in the fire and will have to start from scratch. If you would like to donate clothes, here are the sizes for the kids: Girl tops 14-16 and size 8. Bottoms 14 & size 8. Shoes 6 & 2. Boys top 18, size 12, and size 5. Bottoms 14, 12 and 5. Shoes 5 and 2. The dad's size is an adult male XL shirts, pants 34x32 and shoes 10.

Physical donations can be dropped off at Hollandale Storage Unit #B6, at Hollandale Movers (#B6) or at Blanchard Village Hall.

Cash donations can be made out to "M Family Fund" for an account at the Farmers Savings Bank. Woodford state bank in Blanchardville is also taking donations.