GOFUNDME AND NEEDS DRIVE ESTABLISHED AFTER
DEVASTATING FIRE CLAIMS LIFE OF MOTHER OF 3
Lee Bashant Perished In Corunna Blaze That Also Destroyed Family Home
A devastating fire on Monday in Caledonia Township destroyed the Bashant family's home and all their belongings and claimed the life of mother, Lee. Five others escaped. Lee, 43, was trapped on the home's second floor, according to multiple reports.
Corunna Robotics FridgeBot Team Mentor, Scott Stap, told Uplift Shiawassee "Lee was amazing and a great friend of both Corunna Robotics teams. Her kids have been cornerstones of the teams and have been very active during and off season."
Stap said the family will be facing many issues including special care for the kids that Lee cared for daily.
A GoFundMe has been set up, aiming to raise $10,000 for end of life expenses for Lee. More than $7,000 has been raised so far. Stap said he is happy to pass along donations to the family from people that would like an alternate means of donating funds. The Robotics teams will also hold a special garage sale to collect funds for the family. The garage sale will be held at 138 Keifer Street in Owosso this Friday through Sunday from 9am to 5pm each day.
Meanwhile, Corunna's FFA program will collect needed items for the family at the residence of Avi Jackson, 4860 South State Road in Durand, on Thursday from 3 to 7pm and on Friday from 1 to 3pm.
FriendsandCommunity Owosso reports Pastor Tim Hadley of the Corunna Bible Chapel will accept money, food, clothing, furniture and household goods. Hadley can be reached at 989-277-6205 to set up a time to meet him at the church. The church is located at 6601 E. Wilkinson Road.
Surviving Lee are three children, her husband and two dogs. Clothing, shoes, food and grocery gift cards, non-perishable food items and school supplies are among the items Corunna's FFA team is hoping to collect.
The family's ages and clothing sizes are as follows
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- Girl, 17, shirt: small, pants: small, shoes: 6-7
- Boy, 16, shirt: medium, pants: 12-14, shoes: 8
- Boy, 12, shirt: 11-12, pants: 11-12, shoes: 7
- Dad, shirt: large, pants 34-34, shoes: 9.5
The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bashant family and friends.