(09/25/2002)
Police said a fire started by an arsonist destroyed the home of Martha Bunch in Fairmont, North Carolina over the weekend. Bunch, a former Calhoun resident, lost all her belongings and her two dogs, who died from smoke inhalation in a cellar house.

Authorities said the fire happened after midnight Saturday, the residence was broken into and set on fire.

"Martha has been the victim of a terrible crime," said her sister, Kelley Yoak of Grantsville.

Bunch, a Registered Nurse at a Lumberton, North Carolina hospital, contacted authorities earlier last week when she became suspicious individuals had entered her home.

Bunch, after graduating from Calhoun High in 1992, earned a nursing degree from Glenville State College. She moved to North Carolina for employment about two years ago.

She is the daughter of Lowell and Glenna Bunch of Millstone. In addition to Ms. Yoak, she has three sisters, Debbie Sollars of Cleveland, Jennifer Day of Kentucky and April Bunch of Millstone. She also has two brothers, Scott and Danny Bunch of Grantsville.

The Bunch family and friends are asking for donations to help Martha get back on her feet. Donations may be made to a fund established at the Calhoun Bank in Grantsville.

Martha Bunch Fund
P.O. Box 430
Grantsville, WV 26147

For further information call Kelly Yoak at 354-6430.


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