Holmen Cares group mounts campaign to help family who lost home in blaze

Holmen Fire at 7007 Sunrise Lane
Photo courtesy of Holmen Area Fire Department

HOLMEN, Wis. (WKBT) — The Holmen Cares organization is spearheading a fundraising campaign for John and Charlene Gray and their two children, who lost their home and most of their belongings in a fire early Sunday.
A posting on the website of the group, which formed in 2018 to help people who experience fires or other disasters, is seeking monetary donations. The contributions can be dropped off at any Park Bank location, where donors should mention that the money is intended for the Gray family through the Holmen Cares account.
Donations also can be made through a designated Venmo account.
Gift card donations can be dropped off at the Holmen Police Department, with the notation, ATTN: Holmen Cares.
The blaze was reported as a dryer fire shortly after 12 a.m. Sunday. The Holmen Area Fire Department arrived within 15 minutes, but the upper level of the home and garage already were engulfed in flames.
Holmen firefighters fought the blaze from the front, while crews from Onalaska, La Crosse and Campbell attacked it from the sides and rear.
Smoke detectors alerted the family of four about the fire, enabling their escape. The family’s black cat, Onyx, was missing.