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Help a Family Displaced by Fire

T.J. and Jennifer Hontz and their children are homeless after a fire tore through the Hanover townhouse they were renting, and one of their boys is scheduled to have heart surgery.

A fire that has left a family of six in need of help.

T.J. and Jennifer Hontz and their four children are now staying at a Residence Inn in Linthicum, and are sifting through the items that survived the two-alarm blaze over the weekend.

"I bought the renters' insurance, but I didn’t plan on having a fire," Jennifer Hontz said in an interview with Patch. "It’s just a warning for people. It happened really fast … it was from a grill. We had made dinner and the neighbors came to the door and said your deck is on fire.’”

Now, the family is scrambling to find an adequate rental home. They are eager to get settled because the Hontz's oldest son, Justin, is scheduled to have heart surgery in five weeks.

"We just have to get normal back for that," Hontz said. "He just got out of the hospital a few weeks ago and now his house is gone.”

Renters' insurance covered much of what was lost in the fire, but Jennifer Hontz said any receipts for items were lost as well.

"You find out that insurance only covers so much," she said. "Right now we’re just trying to get the basics down. We have a hotel and friends, but we need furniture and some other things.”

Hontz said she is grateful that no one was hurt in the fire, and was appreciative of the assistance of family and friends.

“It’s surreal," she said. "The 9-year-old is upset because she doesn’t think it’s fair. But they can be mad and upset, and it’s OK.”

Donations can be made to T.J. Hontz's father, who lives on Higgins Drive in Odenton.

The address is: 488 Higgins Drive, Odenton, MD 21113.

For those wishing to donate clothing, here are their sizes:

Jennifer Hontz: Size 8-10
T.J. Hontz: 38 width x 30 length pants. Extra-large shirt.
Lauren, age 9: Size 10-12
Bryce and Ryan, age 13: Large shirts, 32-33 pants.
Justin, age 15: Shorts size 34.

J. Morgan July 13, 2012 at 02:32 AM
It's unfortunate and I'd hate to go through this myself but... http://www.aacounty.org/Fire/FireMarshal/FMOCode/Grills.cfm
Calique July 13, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Oops I guess I'd better move my grill....
Amy McGovern July 13, 2012 at 05:00 PM
This Sunday July 15th......Donations for Jennifer Hontz can be brought to 488 Higgins Dr Odeton MD . I will be there at 11 Am Any furnirure can be taken to a storage unit close by. Any small items also... Stuff you use everyday Thank You!!
Amy McGovern July 15, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Thank You to all that showed up today and donated! Big Hearts!
Amy McGovern July 20, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Any donations can still be dropped off or mailed to TJ Hontz, 488 Higgins Drive, Odenton, MD 21113 THANK YOU ALL!!!

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