Local 105 Members Rally Around Two Families Impacted by Tragic Housefires

Within a week of one another and just days before Christmas, tragically, two members of Local 105 in Michigan lost everything in two separate house fires.

The Lindle family was enjoying an evening out when Mike Lindle received a call from his neighbor that his home was on fire. The family was 45 minutes away from home at the time at the Detroit Zoo but rushed to get back as quickly as possible. They had hoped their two dogs would be ok, but they didn’t survive the fire.

The Ballinger family lost everything they had in a house fire on December 16th.

While they’re still coping with the loss of their dogs and their home, Mike says people from nearby churches, neighbors and the members of Local 105 stepped up to offer support for the family and buying gifts for his daughters.

“I’ve never been on the receiving end of this kind of charity before,” said Lindle. “People called to check on us. I really wasn’t ok.”

Earlier in December, CJ Ballinger, his wife, three kids and their dog escaped unharmed from a house fire, but they lost everything they own.

Local 105 members acted quickly to provide much-needed support for these two families. Members set up a fundraiser and were able to raise $50,000 to split between the two families.

“We take our pledge to help one another out seriously,” said Tim Gohr, president of Local 105. “I’m proud of how our members stepped up to help out the Lindle and Ballinger families.”