|Fairfax County firefighters put out a fire in the Pinecrest community. [DeAnn Jelinek]|
Tony Paduano, a Neighborhood Watch Block Captain, established a fund at the Pinecrest branch of the Wells Fargo Bank to help the family get through this difficult time. The inside of the house has been gutted and they don’t expect to be able to move back in until May.
Donations can be dropped off in person or mailed to the bank at 6585 Little River Turnpike, Alexandria VA 22312. Checks should be made out to “the Susuico Fund” with account number 3655148561 in the memo line.
Cleofe and Juanita Susuico were in Guam when the fire started, Paduano says. Their adult son, Ronnie, who was living at the house, was at work and none of the neighbors had his contact information. Their three dogs, a poodle and two Chihuahuas, perished in the fire.
The Susioco’s were one of the original homeowners when The Pinecrest was built in 1986. In December, they won the “Most Christmas Spirit” award in the Pinecrest holiday decorating contest.