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Meyersdale Family Left Homeless After Fire

June 20th, 2017 by WCBC Radio

The Cumberland Times News reports a Meyersdale family of seven is attempting to recover from a Saturday fire that destroyed their three-story home on High Street. Jeff and Michele Geiger and their children, Jared, 11, and Marissa,15, and their 23-year-old son Joshua and his fiancee Sadie Burnsworth, 19, and their adopted son Russell Yeskey, 29, were not at home when the fire broke out shortly after 4 p.m. The fire swept through the residence where the Geigers had resided for the past 23 years. Six dogs and three cats died in the fire that originated behind a kitchen range. Another cat escaped the fire but is missing, family members said.


The family is staying at a Grantsville, Maryland, hotel this week after being provided financial assistance by the American Red Cross.

They are in need of a three-bedroom rental property in the Meyersdale school district. Jared Geiger will be in the sixth grade and Marissa a junior in Meyersdale schools in the coming school year.



The family is in need of all household furnishings, furniture and appliances.

Anyone wishing to assist the Geiger family may contact Bryan Paul, Michele’s brother, at 301-302-6002.

Contributions to the family may be made at or by mail to Bryan Paul at 3362 Frostburg Road, Frostburg, MD 21532 with checks payable to Michele Geiger.

Saturday's fire was reported to the Somerset County 911 center at 4:12 p.m. and was handled by volunteer fire departments from Meyersdale, Salisbury, Garrett and Rockwood. Meyersdale and Salisbury ambulances also responded to the scene. Units were there for nearly three hours. 

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