Football Players Host Benefit to Help Family in Wake of Fire

By: Tallahassee Fire Department, Julie Montanaro Email
By: Tallahassee Fire Department, Julie Montanaro Email
  • 10 year old girl: size 10-12 clothing, size 4.5 shoes
  • 11 year old boy: size 11-12 clothing, size 6 shoes
  • 14 year old girl: size 14-16 clothing, size 6 shoes
  • 16 year old girl: size 14-16 ladies clothing, size 10 shoes
  • 27 male: size 30-32 clothing, size 10 shoes
  • 41 male: size 40 clothing, size 11 shoes
  • Mom: size 22 clothing, size 8 shoes
  • Grandmother: size 20 clothing, size 8 shoes

UPDATED 10.5.2012 by Julie Montanaro

We have received many messages from folks wanting to help a Tallahassee family who lost everything in a fire.

People who would like to make donations or donate items can take them to the main office of Tallahassee Parks and Recreation at 912 Myers Park Drive.

Anyone needing more information can call Brian Smatt at 891-3837.
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Tallahassee, FL - Angelica Alvarez

Six people, including four children, were home when a fire ripped through taking away everything.

They escaped with their lives but are now homeless; we first reported it last week.

Tonight, members of the community hope to turn their lives around, thanks to a little football camaraderie.

People are getting ready for an event that kicks off at six. That event is to raise money for the Trawick family.

Last week, we reported that the family, which includes four children, lost their home to a fire on Golf Terrace Drive.

One of the kids plays football in the city league, and tonight, Randy Ogden, a coach from that league is hosting a fundraiser in front of Genghis Grill on Thomasville road in Tallahassee.

The fundraiser attracted hundreds of people. There was face painting, balloon sculptures and Genghis Grill donated a portion of its proceeds to the family. The fire department was there along with the Tallahassee police department and it's TAC vehicle and the Leon County Sheriff's Office had their SWAT vehicle made an appearance.

The event was a 6pm to 8:30pm.

The family arrived in style thanks to Mike's Limousine and were overwhelmed by the support.

"It means a lot, I never thought there would be so many people who care about what we are going through. But it really shows me everyday there are people out there who care," said Latoya Trawick, who lost her home in a fire.

Please see the list of items the family needs in this article, if you'd like to help out.


Tallahassee, FL - Randy Ogden coaches the rival football team for a ten year old boy who lost everything in a house fire last week on Golf Terrace.

He has organized a clothes drive and fundraiser for the family tonight at Genghis Grill located on Thomasville Road in the Fresh Market shopping plaza from 6-8:30 p.m.

Genghis Grill is donating a portion of sales to the family as well as face painting provided by BJ’s Party House Balloons.

TFD will have a fire truck on site as well as other local first responders. Mike’s limousine will bring the family out to the event.

Any donation of any type will help so please attend and show your support.

Any questions call Randy Ogden at 850-590-8317

Press Release from the fire:

This morning at 4:29 a.m., units from the Tallahassee Fire Department Stations 3, 1 and 4 responded to the report of a house fire in the 2500 Block of Golf Terrace Drive.

On scene firefighters found heavy fire in the front of the single story wood-frame house. The fire was called in by a neighbor who was awakened by dogs barking and noticed the fire.

The six occupants evacuated the house safely and the fire was extinguished within ten minutes. No injuries were reported at the scene and damages were estimated at $60,000.

Two vehicles in the driveway were also damaged as a result of the fire. The Red Cross was called out to assist the eight occupants and TFD was also assisted on scene by Leon County EMS, TPD and City of Tallahassee Utilities.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Tallahassee Fire Department, Florida State Fire Marshal’s office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


UPDATED 10.4.2012 by Julie Montanaro

A benefit tonight will help a Tallahassee family get back on its feet in the wake of a devastating house fire.

The family's 10 year old son plays city league football, and when a rival coach heard his family lost everything in that fire, he started looking for a way to help.

The benefit will be held at Genghis Grill on Village Square Boulevard tonight from 6 until 8pm. The city's parks and recreation department will have a truck to collect clothes, furniture, food and more. There will be face painting, balloons and a fire engine out front.


UPDATED 9.29.2012 by Julie Montanaro

A Tallahassee family is forced to run out the back door as its house goes up in flames. The family lost everything. A barking dog and nosy neighbor may have saved their lives.

The fire started on the front porch. It gutted this house on Golf Terrace Drive and even damaged two cars parked out front.

There were six people home at the time including four children.

"I'm grateful my mom and kids made it out. I'm grateful for that. That's the most gratefulest thing to be happy for ... like the other stuff I can always get back," Latoya Trawick said as she stood outside her charred home.

Firefighters say there doesn't appear to be a smoke detector in this rental home. The Trawick's may owe their lives to next door neighbor George Evans. He went outside around 4:30 am to see why his dog wouldn't stop barking.

"I seen the house on fire. It's right there where the electricity goes to the pole, so I got the water hose and I tried, you know, to wet it, put it out, but I couldn't do no difference," Evans said.

"I saw flames and I ran in to get my mom, make sure everything was alright and get her out of there," Rahmon Trawick said.

Investigators have not yet been able to pinpoint the cause of the fire. Neighbors suspect a sparking utility wire, but investigators aren't yet sure.

Eight people lived in this house. Now they'll have to figure out how to start over from scratch.

"It really hurts real bad because I grew up in this house and my mom has been here for 20 something years. It's going to be hard just to come by and see it look like this, that we can't live here anymore," Latoya Trawick said.

Damages are estimated at $55,000. The Red Cross is putting the family up in a hotel for the next few days. The Trawicks aren't sure what they'll do after that.


Tallahassee, FL - September 29, 2012

Around 9:30 a.m. this morning, the Tallahassee Fire Department responded to a report of a house fire in the 20000 block of Edgewater Court.

Stations 14 and 4 along with Battalion Chief 3 and FireMed 1 responded to the fire. Station 14 was met with heavy smoke and fire in a mobile home upon arrival.

TFD crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire and search the structure to ensure all occupants had escaped. The fire caused an estimated $35,000 in damages to the home however there were no reported injuries.

The fire was caused by an electrical problem in an exterior wall. The Red Cross was called to provide assistance for the two adults that were displaced by the fire.

TFD was assisted on scene by Leon County Sheriff’s Deputies and Leon County EMS.


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