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Hope Amidst The Ashes: Local Family in Need of Support After Fire

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A devastating house fire has left the Taff family reeling from the loss of their home this past week. Mary Taff, the homeowner, was left with nothing but ashes and rubble after the blaze, believed to have been caused by an electrical problem, tore through the residence. The destruction by the fire was not limited to the structure itself; water and smoke damage further compounded the family’s losses, rendering many of their belongings unsalvageable.

Adding to the heartache is the fact that Mary Taff is the primary caregiver for her elderly mother, Dorothy Sims, who is set to celebrate her 101st birthday in May. Mary’s husband, Buddy Taff, a veteran battling cancer and in need of spinal surgery, also relies on her care. In the wake of this tragedy, the Taff family is finding solace in the support of their community. Grace Baptist Church in Belleview has stepped up to assist the family in their time of need and is now accepting donations on their behalf.

Those willing to lend a helping hand can make contributions by sending donations to Grace Baptist Church at 10835 SE 70th Ave. Belleview, FL 34420. For further inquiries or assistance, individuals can reach out to the church directly at 352-245-9252. Donations can also be made online through the church’s website at

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