Last week, a fire destroyed the shed owned by a Pine Island family that housed hand-crafted furniture, supplies and tools. The shed belonged to the Logan family, which also owns a retail store in Rochester (above). In addition, Deianerah 'Deej' Logan died Sept. 4 when her car collided with a school bus. All of the Logan children attend Byron schools.
By David Richards
Tragedy has struck an area family for the second time in less than seven months.
On March 26, a fire ignited and destroyed a large shed on the property of the Logan family that housed valuable hand-crafted furniture, supplies and tools.
The blaze comes less than a year after the death of Deianerah "Deej" Logan, who was killed when her vehicle collided with a school bus on the first day of school Sept. 4. She was 17.
The Logan family lives in Pine Island, but their children attend Byron schools, and they own a retail furniture business in Rochester. The shed that burned down was used both to build and to store items for their business.
"This in comparison to that is absolutely nothing," said Matt Logan, the father of "Deej," who was also known as D.J. "It's still difficult, but you put it in perspective. This is a building, a materialistic thing and those things can be replaced."
Byron residents are planning a fundraiser May 5, with proceeds to go both toward a
Scholarship in memory of D.J. Logan and to the Logan family itself.
Bob Eustice, who is an active member of the Byron American Legion, is one of the organizers of the event.
"They're just having trouble getting through this and it's affected them emotionally and financially," Eustice said.
The fundraiser will be held at the Byron Event Center from noon to 6 p.m. with raffles, prizes and both live and silent auctions. Lunch will be served at a cost of $10 and will include barbecues, chips, desserts and a beverage.
For those to wish to donate to the family or to the scholarship, donations can be made to First Security Bank in the name of the D.J. Logan scholarship fund.
Matt Logan said the community has been very supportive through the past seven months.
"They've been a tremdous help," he said.
Matt Logan said the fire was caused by a handheld tool that sparked while being used in the shed. He said while no one was injured in the fire, the shed was destroyed, and the family will discuss options for the business in the near future.
"We have a lot of things to go through and figure out," Matt Logan said. "I did close the store until Monday, April 8 so we can have time as a family and look at all the options.
Logan's Furniture is located at 3155 Wellner Drive in Rochester.