It was a tough weekend for the Hamilton Township Fire Department, as the home of one of their own went up in flames on Saturday. The fire destroyed most of his possessions.

Matt Sanders, a Hamilton Township firefighter and his father, Rich, a supervisor with the Robert Wood Johnson EMS squad, were woken up by the sound of a fire alarm in their home early Saturday, they say.

All of the home’s occupants escaped the fire unharmed (including Matt’s girlfriend and the family dog), but they have lost almost all of their possessions, according to a GoFundMe page, which was set up by the Hamilton Township Career Firefighters Foundation on Sunday.

They say that the funds will help the family “rebuild their lives.” Checks are also being accepted. They are also accepting monetary donations at any firehouse in Hamilton Township. Checks should be made payable to the Hamilton Career Firefighters Foundation.

“Any amount is greatly appreciated as we help the Sanders Family back on their feet,” the firefighter's foundation wrote.

As of 4:30 pm on Sunday, the GoFundMe page had raised more than $8,100 from 114 donors. The campaign’s goal was originally set at $7,500.

For more information on the GoFundMe campaign, click here

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