House fire

Evelyn Cordner, Sam Rich and their 1-year-old daughter, Norma Rich, were able to escape unscathed by a fire that took place at their home on Monday, Feb. 10. The family is looking for gift card donations to stores such as Wal-Mart and Home Depot, as they find a new home. 

Occupants safely escaped, but belongings charred and cat requires medical care

(Feb. 14, 2020) A local family is looking for help after losing their belongings in an early morning house fire in the Little Salisbury neighborhood on Monday.

“On early Monday morning, Feb. 10, we, by the grace of God, woke up to the smell of smoke,” the Cordner family told Ocean City Today. “Unfortunately, our house and almost all of our belongings caught fire and were either destroyed or ruined.”   

The family, Gwen and Evelyn Cordner, Sam Rich, and Evelyn and Sam’s 1-year-old daughter, Norma Rich, are unscathed, but family cat Annie sustained injuries, and will require follow-up medical care. 

Family friend Brittany Mariner posted a request for donations on her Facebook page Monday morning, and told Ocean City Today that the Cordner family has received an abundance of baby clothing for Norma since then.

Mariner said rather than money, the Cordner family asked for gift cards from stores such as Wal-Mart and Home Depot in order to buy essentials, as they prepare to find a new home. 

“We have been overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and support from our family, friends and community,” the family said. “We want to thank everyone that has already helped us. Any donations that are made will go toward renting a storage unit, vet bills for our cat that survived with injuries, necessities for our one year old and basic needs.” 

To donate gift cards to the Cordner family, mail it to Brittany Mariner at P.O. Box 1005 Berlin. Windmill Creek Vineyard and Winery, located at 11206 Worcester Hwy, Berlin, will also be hosting a fundraising event for the cat’s medical expenses this weekend, so check out the winery’s Facebook page for more information:

Josh covers everything Ocean City government and crime. He graduated from the University of Richmond in 2019 with a B.A. in French and Journalism.

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