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Fund set up for family whose home burned
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A firefighter pulls away siding from a Pittman Circle home, searching for any remaining hot spots after a fire Thursday. - photo by Jim Dean (previous profile)
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A fund has been set up to help Michele Norris and her family. Contributions may be made at any Regions Bank to the Kids ‘R’ Kids for the benefit of Michele Norris account.
A fund has been established for a Forsyth County family that lost their home last week in a fire.

Michele Norris, her mother, three daughters and a few pets were displaced Thursday morning when the house she rents on Pittman Circle caught fire.

Forsyth County Fire Capt. Jason Shivers said the blaze did not appear suspicious and likely started in the kitchen. No injuries were reported.

Norris, who had lived in the house for about six months, said Thursday she was working at Kids ‘R’ Kids in Johns Creek when the fire started.

Petra Ray, owner of the private prekindergarten school, said an account has been set up at Regions Bank to help Norris and her family.

“We’re just a family here,” Ray said. “We really have developed a close bond with our staff and everybody heard and they all wanted to help out.

“We’ve had a lot of donations of food and clothes, but this is so we can actually go out and replace what needs to be replaced.”

Norris’ kitchen and living room area were significantly damaged, Ray said. While two churches and the American Red Cross have offered assistance with food and clothing, the account is to help Norris and her family in the weeks and months ahead.

Ray said Norris, who returned to work Monday, and her family are “hanging in there” while staying at a hotel.

“Our next thing will be just trying to find a place for them to live,” Ray said.

Norris’ 12-year-old daughter was home when the blaze started. Norris told firefighters her mother saw smoke as she went to take the girl to school.
She was able to get the child and three dogs out of the house.

Norris’s other two daughters, ages 11 and 15, were in school at the time.

Two of the family’s five cats were killed in the fire, and firefighters buried them at Norris’ request. The remaining three have not turned up.