Charles wrote: The home I shared with my parents and daughter was completely destroyed in a fire last night while we were all away (thank you Jesus!) on a trip.For those who'd like to assist financially, a gofundme page has been set up to help Charles and his family rebuild.
We don’t know what caused the fire at this time, but we’ve pretty much lost everything we owned; save for our two vehicles, the things we packed for a 3-day trip and a storage shed that was spared. Today was supposed to be fun-filled day at Universal Studios in celebration of my daughter’s 12th birthday, instead it has become an absolute living nightmare.
Please understand, I’m not asking for anything from anyone, except maybe your prayers and good vibes for my family during this very difficult time...they are needed and are sincerely appreciated. I just would rather say something about what has happened myself versus you hearing about it from somebody else.
I’m definitely grateful to all the first responders and Fire Department that did what they could to contain the fire and put it out and I feel extremely blessed no one was hurt. I’m struggling to keep a positive attitude and remain strong, but honestly, I’m completely overwhelmed with such an enormous loss of every material possession we accumulated over the 3 decades that we’ve lived here. I’m also distraught over items that belonged to others that were in our care that were unfortunately lost as well. Please don’t think I’m ignoring you if I don’t respond to messages or calls for the time being. There’s just so much to deal with, foremost working out temporary housing arrangements. I will follow up when things get more settled and if I owe you something, I will do my best to make it right when I am able.
As I was driving my daughter back home early this morning and while I was still reeling internally from being told of the extent of damage, I was talking out loud and said “I guess I’m no longer a Ghostbuster...every piece of equipment, memorabilia and toy that I own with a Ghostbuster logo on it is gone.” My daughter looked at me and said; “You’re still a Ghostbuster, daddy, you don’t need any of that stuff to be one.” My amazing daughter, Lara, is so precious to me, and her words of encouragement at that moment, while she, herself, is suffering from the same tremendous loss of all her possessions meant more than she will ever realize.
My fiancé, Cynthia, has been a true angel since the moment we found out about the fire and she is helping me to cope with it all while also providing shelter. There are many others that have extended help already in various ways; thank you and bless each and every one of you.
In addition to the house, the fire also destroyed Charles' workshop and equipment, affecting any outstanding orders he may've had.
In the aim of not putting any more on his plate than he already has at this time, if anyone needs to ask a question about an order, please feel free to message me, and I will pass these questions on to Charles in due course.