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January 22, 2014

Fund established to help local fire victim

By CHRISTIN COYNE

A fund has been set up at PlainsCapital Bank to benefit an 82-year-old Weatherford man who lost everything when his home caught fire Monday afternoon.

Guadalupe “Poppy” Charles was outside when the fire ignited in the small home he rented in the 1000 block of Fort Worth Highway.

Weatherford Fire Marshal Bob Hopkins said the fire is believed to be accidental and likely started in the hot water heater closet.

Both Charles and his dog were uninjured but Charles was left with little more than the chair he was sitting in at the time.

Charles spent the past two nights in a hotel room thanks to the Red Cross and was moved into a nursing home Wednesday but neighbors and family want to do more for the man, who is on a limited income.

Charles’ granddaughter, Laura Parum, said she has purchased a week’s worth of clothing for him but all of Charles’ Social Security check will be going to the nursing home, so Charles will still need money to pay other bills. 

“We would appreciate any help,” Parum said. “He’s just a little, old cowboy man.”

Charles often spent his time outside smoking and playing his guitar, according to neighbor Hunter Bane, who said the man was upset at the loss of his guitar and television.

Bane said his grandmother set up the account and they plan to write him a check for all donations to the account.

“We’re trying to make it better for him than it was,” Bane said.

The family is also looking to find a permanent home for Charles’ dog, Woodrow, preferably one that will allow Charles’ to see his best friend.

Woodrow is an adult mixed-breed and is house trained, according to Parum.

Those who want to help can do so by donating to the “Poppy Guadalupe Charles Fund” at PlainsCapital Bank or by contacting Parum at 817-304-7322.

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