Community assists man whose home was damaged by fire

milstead fire

Crestview Public Services Director Wayne Steele, right, speaks to Cecil Milstead at the public services department. Steele presented employees’ donations to Milstead, who lost his home to a Dec. 19 fire.

MATTHEW BROWN | News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 11:21 AM.

CRESTVIEW — Friends, family and the American Red Cross are helping Cecil Milstead, 50, after a Dec. 19 fire destroyed his home.

Milstead was running errands when family, friends and fire officials called him with the news: his north Hathaway Street home of nearly 20 years was in flames.

Since the incident, which caused $14,000 in damage, friends, family and the American Red Cross have provided necessities.

The Red Cross arranged for a week’s stay at a local hotel and gave Milstead $200 for food, medication and other necessities. 

Friends and family have donated clothes and money. 

"I have got plenty of clothes; for the most part, I'm good," Milstead said.

Employees at the Crestview Public Services Department, Milstead's former employer, mostly contributed Wal-Mart shopping cards.

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