At 9:55 p.m. on February 9, the Watertown Fire Department responded to an alarm coming from the residents of a house on Buckingham Street. The two-story home, which was being rented by the Sharp family, was owned by the neighboring Union Congregational Church. Tiffany Sharp and three school-aged children escaped without injury from the blaze, which claimed the life of the family’s cat. The father of the children and a son at college were not home when the fire broke out.

The WFD, which responded to a 911 call, had the fire under control in less than a half-hour. The house was declared uninhabitable, forcing the Sharp family, who lost all of their possessions, to seek temporary shelter. For those seeking to help the family, a GoFundMe page, Help Tiffany Sharp, has been set up and friends are collecting donations of food, clothing and money. Ms. Sharp, who is a front-line hospital worker, is in immediate need of scrubs for work. (Dreher photo)

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