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Community banding together for Bretl family after pair of fires

Your help is needed to support the family of an Algoma educator who lost their house and a nearby shed on consecutive days.


The family of Chuck and Kandi Bretl was not at home Tuesday afternoon when their home on Pit Road was engulfed in flames. Early Wednesday morning, another fire on their property destroyed a nearby shed. Brussels-Union-Gardner Assistant Fire Chief Jim Wautier suggests embers from the house fire got underneath the shed's tin siding and started the blaze. Within a matter of 24 hours, the Bretl family lost their dog, a family of kittens, a truck, a tractor, two other vehicles, and most of their other personal items.


In the hours since the two fires took place, a GoFundMe page established by their lifelong friend and neighbor Dawn Starr has collected over $6900 in donations as of 3 p.m. Wednesday and Culver’s and Door Stop Amoco in Sturgeon Bay has established a Share Day to support the Bretl family on February 23rd.


Chuck and Kandi Bretl are both staff members at Algoma Elementary School with Chuck earning a Golden Apple Teacher of Distinction Award in 2021. No causes of the fires have been determined as of early Wednesday afternoon as the insurance company was on-site to look at the damage.


Click here to donate to GoFundMe page


Picture from GoFundMe page set up by Dawn Starr

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