Multiple fundraisers have been launched to help the families of the five people killed in a western Harnett County house fire on Sunday.
GoFundMe pages have been set up for the family of Daniel Garner — a 39-year-old Sanford native who died in the fire along with his two sons, Carson (14) and Kaleb (9) — and for the family of Michael and Tammy Breymeyer, who also perished in the blaze.
According to the Harnett County Sheriff’s office, the fire began early Sunday morning at the Breymeyers’ home on Camp Ground Lane, about seven miles northeast of downtown Broadway and roughly a mile south of the Cape Fear River (just west of Raven Rock State Park). As of Friday, no results of the investigation into the cause of the fire had been made public.
Daniel Garner was a Lee County High School graduate who worked for the family-run business, Garner Concrete in Sanford. His oldest son, Carson, was a student at Western Harnett High School, and Kaleb was a student at Highland Elementary School on Buffalo Lake Road in Sanford.
The Garner GoFundMe page has raised more than $6,000 (with a goal of $25,000) to cover funeral expenses for Daniel and his sons. “This tragedy, topped with the expense of arrangements for this family, is overwhelming,” read the statement in the fundraising page. A CashApp fundraiser has also been set up at $garfamily23.
Michael (74) and Tammy Breymeyer (58) were married and owned the home, and Daniel and his sons were staying with them when the fire occurred. Their GoFundMe page will benefit Tammy’s son, Rusty, who also lost a sister unexpectedly in May. The page has been set up by Carolina Town and Country, a pet food and products store where he works.
“As you can imagine, Rusty, his wife and two girls were not at all prepared for not only a loss of this magnitude, but also the financial burden that comes along with funeral expenses,” the page read. As of Friday, it had raised more than $2,000 with a $5,000 goal.