Fire Destroys Highland Family's Home

The family needs donations of clothes and pet items according to a family friend.

A fire Wednesday night destroyed a home on the 200 block of Sutherland in Highland.

According to the Oakland County Sheriff's Office, the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Tina Engle, a neighbor of the home's owner, said the family was able to escape the fire without injury along with their cat, dog and bird. However, the home and everything in it was destroyed.

Engle said the family needs the following items:

  • Dog food
  • Cat food
  • Bird food
  • Women's pants, size 8
  • Women's shirts, size large
  • Boy's pants, size 14
  • Girl's clothes, size 6/7
  • Men's shoes, size 7 1/2
  • Girl's shoes, size 11 1/2
  • Blankets
  • Household goods/toiletries

Engle said all items can be dropped off at 250 Sutherland Drive in Highland.

tina engel December 28, 2012 at 07:10 PM
I.do know she Got dishes and pots and pans
Sarah Bazinet December 29, 2012 at 12:52 AM
We dropped off food for the animals, blankets, clothing, personal items, household items, and a few things for the kids. We will continue to keep the family in our prayers.
Tiffany Williams December 29, 2012 at 01:16 AM
They do not only need what is on the list!!!! They lost everything!!!!!! So nything u use on a daily basis, they also need that too... Nything will help this family out!!!!
Nichole O'Connor December 29, 2012 at 02:58 AM
karrie oconnor December 30, 2012 at 10:24 PM
there are 3 drop off's for renee her cousin jamie in wixom, tina in milford and karrie in commerce, i will be collecting for renee for weeks to come, my heart breaks for her, Renee and her children are amazing <3 i had the kids overnight they are laughing, playing, you would never know these kids just lost their home,toys,clothes, and are living in a 1 bedroom cottage! this says a whole lot about renee as a mother!!!!!!!!!! god bless her! you can contact any of us to get things to renee 248-343-5022, i can't even imagine sitting in my house 1 min, then standing in the street the next watching everything me and my children own burning up. right now renee needs totes,hangers, storage bins,sheets,pillows,food,gas/food cards. and a home im not sure about this from renee herself, however i have heard she has to pay to have what is left of her home removed, nonetheless her and her babies still need a home. you all are wonderful people!i know renee and her babies appreciate all that has been done!
karrie oconnor December 31, 2012 at 07:02 PM
i just spoke with renee, 1'st of all she wants to thank everyone from the bottom of her heart <3 everything is more appreciated than you know! thank-you!!!!! so anyone who knows renee knows she never asks for anything, its really difficult for her. she is used to doing things on her own. she did mention that hosehold items are still needed, and appliances large and small, she will also need decorative items ,furniture, just stuff to keep in mind as your cleaning :) thank-you all so much!
karrie oconnor December 31, 2012 at 07:04 PM
she is pretty set on clothes. for the most part, the only things im putting aside clothes wise are those things i find that say,"renee will love this"! ..lol
karrie oconnor December 31, 2012 at 08:34 PM
they can also be picked up. thank-you!
Laura Vogel December 31, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Please have Renee (or someone who has close personal knowledge of her situation) send me a message at contact@voteforvogel.com. we are finalizing the sale of an estate, and there are a number of appliances that are otherwise not included in the sale of the house that *could* be given to her if there is a way to get them from Wayne County to Highland (someone has a truck and two people's worth of strong hands...?)
sandy schimmel January 01, 2013 at 04:28 PM
What age are the children? I posted story on facebook. Hopefully you can get everything you need. Please update on items they already have. Thanks
karrie oconnor January 01, 2013 at 05:19 PM
i am picking up donations for renee this week, THANK-YOU all so very much everything donated is so much appreciated! please call karrie 248-343-5022
karrie oconnor January 01, 2013 at 09:43 PM
hi sandy , the children areAustin 12, andAshlyn 7, these kids are so amazing, seriously you would not even know they just lost their home, all their toys, everything they owned, they are currently living in a 1 bedroom cottage, they are such happy,well adjusted children! renee is/has been /always will be an exceptional mommy! austin is really in need of clothes,jeans,shirts,sweatshirts,etc...they have a few toys now. i was with renee and jamie last night, renee is so grateful, it is difficult for her to ask for things.. i think it's great we are comming together as friends,community, to help this family! thank-you to everyone! .
sandy schimmel January 01, 2013 at 11:05 PM
Karrie. Thanks for the info. I passed on the needs to Facebook friends. I will be coming by on Thursday with items.
sassyme January 02, 2013 at 12:23 AM
I would like a detailed list of what this family needs. I have someone in my freecycle group asking for items that it sounds like this family doesn't need any longer. Thanks!
karrie oconnor January 02, 2013 at 01:00 AM
Sassyme, the 12 year old boy needs clothes, he is size 14. if anyone has extra toys that are no longer being used that would be really nice. the 7 year old girl is set on clothes and so is mom. i will have a more detailed list tomorrow. i honestly hope that no one is gaining off renee's misfortune she is a wreck, this has truly devastated this family, even tho they are extremely grateful that no one is hurt and they are together. this has flipped renee's whole world completely upside down.
karrie oconnor January 02, 2013 at 03:42 AM
okay im going to vent a little, first and foremost thank you all who have donated or who made a effort to contact others for donations, we love you for it :) now sadly there is "talk" regarding renee receiving too much ???! how awful. so allow me to ease the few minds who are so small they are unable of things such as understanding,or maybe compassion, anything that is donated to renee that she either does not want or will never use is being 1) offered back if she knows where it came from or 2) being taken to either salvation army or open door the falsely that renee wants to or is making any profit from this is totally and utterly absurd renee has suffered a traumatic event. to walk away from your destroyed burned down home, with nothing except the clothes on your back, well i can not explain i can't even imagine how awful that would be. i have listened to her cry,i know how devastated she is, and if others feel in their hearts to give to her god-bless them and to those who feel as if they have to judge well shame on you if she ends up with a extra pair of sheets,or a extra blanket or (heaven forbid) a new pair of p.j's.what business is it of ur's until you yourself loose EVERY SINGLE item you own, and are forced to live in a 1 rm cottage, everything you and your 2 babies own squeezed into a room that the 3 of you also have to sleep in, until that day you have no right to judge her. what she gets from those willingly,happily,and lovingly give is of no concern to you.
karrie oconnor January 02, 2013 at 03:46 AM
aw Sandy that is so sweet, and so much appreciated thank-you very much! i have met some really wonderful people through all this ! i will be here all day. i leave at 3 to pick up my daughter that is only for 20 min, thanks SO much
karrie oconnor January 02, 2013 at 04:53 AM
Sassyme, thank-you so very much:) i will have a list by morning, and i will try to call in the morn. have some info for you. have a great night and thanks again
sassyme January 03, 2013 at 03:08 AM
Karrie, that is exactly what I was told and have told others, that any excess is being donated to either the Goodwill OR to Open Door. I don't believe that Renee is making off like a bandit from her misfortune at all. However, she has a "friend" that is using Renee's misfortune to her advantage. I have directed the members of my freecycle group to this article which has your phone number it. It's best to deal with you directly rather than the "friend" who is IMO attempting to benefit from Renee's misfortune.
karrie oconnor January 03, 2013 at 04:03 AM
Sassyme, thank-you so much! i wish i could have called you today i really wanted to,somehow numbers got erased from my phone,my dad had a heart attack yesterday:( but he is doing well it's been quite the week! anywho.. no renee never recieved the items we talked about yesterday, no coffee pot nor a laundry basket filled or empty.. so yes that is sad, not so much for renee but the simple fact that anyone would use her situation for their own personal gain. and i thank-you very much for putting a stop to that nonsense. please call me anytime if you have any questions. it's nice having someone like you to watch out, because i was not prepared for the amount of work this takes,,so i can't thank-you enough. Karrie~
karrie oconnor January 04, 2013 at 04:41 PM
Sandy, austin loved the boots,hoodies, n stuff you bought him, thank-you so much:) your a doll :)
sassyme January 04, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Karrie, I've posted in my freecycle group for clothing for the boy and toys for the children. If I get a response, I'll call you. And the person in my freecycle group taking things for Renee and not giving them to her has been removed from the group.
Zayley January 04, 2013 at 07:14 PM
Hi Karrie, I was wondering is there any other items Renee needs other than clothes. For example, books, movies, furniture, or games. My heart and prayers go out to her and her young ones.
karrie oconnor January 04, 2013 at 07:18 PM
good, pretty sure i know who it is, how sad. and she had the audacity to threaten me with reporting me, saying renee doesnt need these items! here is the thing...renee does have any emergency items needed, everyone has been SO AWESOME! however, there is so much more she is going to need as she gets ready to move into a new home, yes the little cottage is packed! but i thought the whole point of all this was to get renee even past the emergency point, so her and her babies dont have to strss. in any case, thank-you sandy that was the sweetest thing i've seen through all this yet! you are amazing! p.s renee was so exited about being able to take kids out to eat thanks to you!
karrie oconnor January 04, 2013 at 07:21 PM
ohhh gosh i am so sorry! i confused you and sandy. im imbrassed! but thank-you to sassyme! you have been such a big help:) you have put so much effort into this! thank-you VERY much! if you still have my num. you can call anytime, i dont have yours, it accidently got deleted
bridget January 04, 2013 at 08:07 PM
I have some size 14 clothes and small gifts for the family. Should I drop off at the above address? Or call the phone number listed in a comment?
karrie oconnor January 04, 2013 at 09:15 PM
whatever is best for you! if you are in milford area, you can call renee, if you can e.mail me privatly or call me i will give you her #. thank-you very much!
karrie oconnor January 04, 2013 at 09:25 PM
Hi Zayley, all of renee's emergency needs have been met, thanks to all of you <3. , since she is starting from scratch, yes, everything, im pretty sure she is set on dishes,sheets, although she may need a few pillow cases, she also needs pillows,lamps,curtains,rugs, awww, kinda everything...as far as decortive household items, t.v , dvd player etc..... thank-you so much for asking
karrie oconnor January 04, 2013 at 09:26 PM
and thank-you so much for your prayers :) that means more than anything!
karrie oconnor January 05, 2013 at 02:52 AM
Bridget, you can call me 248-343-5022 and we can make arrangements, whatever is best for you.thank-you very much


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