GoFundMe started for resident of Upton Street fire


GoFundMe started for resident of Upton Street fire
A fire on Friday, May 19, caused heavy damage to the house at 269 Upton St., near Silver Lake. (Photo/Courtesy Westborough Fire Department)

GRAFTON – A GoFundMe page has been established for a Grafton Middle School teacher whose house was heavily damaged in a fire on Friday, May 19.

Darren Seely was at the school, where he has taught for 21 years, when he received a call that his house at 269 Upton St. was on fire.

With the assistance of neighbors and the Grafton Fire Department, the family dog, Jackson, was rescued, along with personal possessions.

Grafton Fire brought three engines, one tanker, one tower ladder two command vehicles and one specialty unit. A pumper drew water from nearby Silver Lake; Upton Road was closed for several hours.

Mutual aid was provided by fire departments from Uxbridge, Hopkinton and Shrewsbury (station coverage), and to Westborough, Sutton, Millbury, Northbridge and Hopedale (on-scene assistance).

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by Grafton Police and the Massachusetts Fire District 7 Fire Investigation Unit.

So far, nearly $21,000 has been raised to help the Seely family. For information, visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/darren-seely-rebuild-from-house-fire

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