SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) is stepping up to help one of their own who lost everything in a suspected arson.
Authorities say the fire happened Monday afternoon on 1271 Olive Branch Road in the Pembroke area.
Chatham County Sheriff John Wilcher told News 3 crews responded to the home just minutes before the family’s children got home from a summer school event.
According to an incident report, two of the children in the family “saw a male that was wearing a black hoodie set the fire” and that he was “crouched down by their home’s porch” setting leaves on fire.
It was a total loss for the CCSO team member and their family.
To help their team member recover from the loss, CCSO is selling $5 chicken dinners and coordinating clothing and household item donations.
The plates — which include chicken, baked beans, potato salad, a roll and a cookie — will be ready on June 25 & 27, but can be ordered now.
The following clothing sizes are needed:
Women’s: Shirt 2XL-3XL, Pants 22, Shoes 9-10
Men’s: Shirt 3XL, Pants 48, Shoes 13
Boys: Shirt – men’s small, Pants 16-19, Shoes 8-9
Girls: Clothes 10-12, Shoes 2-3
Towels, bath items, blankets, pillows and other basics are also needed, according to Bryan County Emergency Services. The agency says the family will be accepting donations all day Wednesday at the site of the fire.
To order a plate, or for more information on the donations, call CCSO’s administrative office at 912-652-7634.
The sheriff’s office is located at 1050 Carl Griffin Drive in Savannah.