Early morning blaze leaves Maryland family homeless day after Christmas

SHOWELL, Md. – Homeowner and mother of three young children, Dawn Parris, was left in utter disbelief when she got a call from one of her neighbors around 2 AM Wednesday saying that her house was going up in flames.

“Everything, everything is gone,” said Parris.

“When I came out, the whole front of her house was lit up. I didn’t want to call her and tell her that I felt so bad having to call her and tell her house was on fire,” said Parris’ neighbor, Katie Ennis.

Parris, originally from Philadelphia, went back to visit for the holidays with her children over the weekend, and wasn’t there at the time of the blaze. But as soon as she found out she came home right away.

“This is what I came down to today. I’m heartbroken. I love this house . It was an old house it had character,” said Parris.

Currently neither Parris nor emergency officials know what started the fire, but the house was determined to be a complete loss. And close friends say they’re just happy no one got hurt.

“That’s the only thing we’re grateful for is that no one was there that everything can be replaced that they can’t be replaced,” said Ennis.

Now, neighbors and friends are working together to raise funds for the family on Facebook as well as collecting donations to help get them back on their feet.

“We care about the people we live nearby, around, with, on a daily basis, whether we know each other or not, it’s just heart given thing that we do here. It’s just something we do. It’s a given,” said another neighbor Lorraine Edwards.

The family also tells me they know that it’s going to be a long road ahead, but with the community’s support they’ll be ready to take on this difficult challenge.

Officials say that a total of five surrounding fire departments responded to help put out the blaze Wednesday morning.


If you’re interested in helping this family you can click here to donate on Facebook.

Parris’ one son is 11-years old, and the other is 19-years old.

Below, you will find a list of drop off locations that will also be accepting donations for the family:

  • Katie Ennis – 1009 Pitts Rd. Showell, Md.
  • Sheppard Realty Inc– 19 N Main St, Berlin, MD 21811
  • DeNovo’s Trattoria – 11310 Manklin Creek Rd, Ocean Pines, MD 21811
  • Rita’s World of Wine Beer – 11007 Manklin Creek Rd #8, Berlin, MD 21811
  • Showell United Methodist Church
  • Whisker’s Bar & Grill – 1070 Cathell Rd, Berlin, MD 21811


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