Fire in Oconto destroys family's home

Staff Writer

A fire in Oconto Saturday morning has destroyed a family's home. Two adults and two children were in the house when the fire started and were able to get out. One of the family's three dogs was already out of the house, however, two smaller dogs died inside the house. The cause of the fire is suspected to be a faulty outlet however the fire is under investigation.

Three departments responded to the fire, Oconto, Callaway and Lexington. The house is located just east of Eggleston Oil. "Thankfully the wind was from the south," Danny Eggleston, owner of Eggleston Oil, said Sunday, noting the stand of cedar trees between the house and the fuel storage tanks of the service station.

The house is owned by Airen Popham. She and her fiance, Jordan Boomhower, and her two children, Landen Carey, 7, and Raelynn, 4, lived in the house. "We are glad to get the kids out," Boomhower said.

A fund is being set up to collect money and clothing for the family. Donations can be dropped off at Eggleston Oil in Oconto. Contact Sandy Eggleston at 858-4400 with questions about what is needed and what sizes of clothing for the children. The family was able to save personal papers and some photos but not much else.

Popham and her family is staying with friends in Oconto. Her father, Larry Popham, formerly of Eddyville,and his wife have come from Wisconsin to help.

The Red Cross, Community Connection and a local church have made contact with the family to offer assistance.