Fire relief fund established for Grafton family


Grafton – Friends of Norm and Jean Daigle and their daughter and son-in-law, Debra and Randall Rixham, have announced the creation of a Fire Relief Fund effort to help the families who lost their home and all their possessions in a 4-alarm fire at their Millbury Street home on May 30.

The Daigles, both 86, are long-time Grafton residents. The home, owned by their daughter and son-in-law, has been declared a total loss, and family members say that are not likely to receive insurance payments to rebuild for close to a year.

The 4-alarm fire was reported about noon on May 30 by Norman Strom, a roadside assistance worker for AAA who was driving by and noticed smoke coming from the garage. After notifying the elderly couple of the fire, Strom assisted the couple and their cat out of the building. Firefighters from Grafton, Millbury, Sutton, Westborough and Upton assisted the Grafton Fire Department at the scene.

To help the families begin the rebuilding process, The Grafton Lions Club and community members have organized a two-part relief effort to help ease the pain of this tragedy.

Those wishing to make a donation to help the Daigle and Rixham families can choose one of the two following methods:

  1. Checks can be made out to “The Daigle/Rixham Family Fire Relief Fund” and sent to: UniBank, 89 Worcester Street, North Grafton, MA 01536.
  2. Those wishing to make an on-line donation can go to

For more information call Grafton Lion John Riemer at 508-729-3989.