Posted on : Thursday July 6, 2017

By Sharon Mager

CURTIS BAY, Md.—Members of Restoration Church are working to meet the needs of over 20 people displaced from house fires on July 3. The fire began in a rowhome on Hazel Street and quickly traveled from house to house. Firefighters worked for almost six hours trying to get the flames under control.

The Red Cross helped provide temporary shelter in local hotels but the needs are huge and people are dazed.

At least 20 people have been displaced due to a fire that ripped through 10 homes in Curtis Bay. Restoration Church is working to help. Photo courtesy of Anthony Petini.

One family has eight children, one in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit,” Restoration Church Pastor Anthony Petini said.

Petini put out a call for help on social media and the church established a GoFund me page to raise support. Local churches, individuals and community groups are responding, including Shine FM, Greater Hope Worship Center, Pathway Church of God, Grace Hope Worship Center, Shine FM, and members of the Maryland House of Delegates.

Petini said Hazel Street is among the roads that the church members have often prayer-walked. They’ve also knocked on doors to share with people that Restoration Church is in their neighborhood and to tell them that Jesus loves them.

There is a need for non-perishable food, clothing, and funds. Those who want to give financially can contribute directly to the church or on the GoFund Me page. More information will be available in the days ahead as specific needs become known. Email Anthony Petini at for more information or to volunteer help.