Cicero During the holidays, there’s no place like home.
But for the Fields-Hennessey family of Wynmoor Drive in Cicero, home is but a memory; theirs was destroyed in a devastating fire.
The blaze broke out shortly after the family had gone to bed the night of Oct. 4. They were alerted to the conflagration by neighbors, who happened to see the flames through their back door, and banged on the Hennesseys’ door to wake them and get them out of the house. Maryann Fields and her daughter Marisa Falgiatano escaped without injury, but Fields’ husband David Hennessey suffered burns to his hands, and his son Connor suffered severe cuts to his hands and arms when he had to break through his bedroom window to escape. A family friend was also injured in the fire.
Fortunately, all are recovering, but the house is a total loss. The family is currently renting a house in Cicero. They’re not sure if they’ll rebuild their home on Wynmoor Drive.
“When people look ask what it’s like, I tell them this: tomorrow morning, get up. Don’t put on your clothes. Don’t put on your shoes. Grab your coffee cup, go outside and start your day like that. That’s what it’s like for them. They didn’t even have any clothes — it was the middle of the night. They just ran out with what was on their backs,” said friend Bill Pufky. “I’m just dumbfounded.”
In order to help the family, Pufky and another friend, Ron Golembeski, are chairing a benefit, along with several other neighbors, which will take place this weekend at the Cicero American Legion. The event, which features live music from The Blacklites and Rhythm Method, will take place from 1 to 6 p.m. at the legion, 5575 Legionnaires Drive, Cicero. About 20 to 30 gift baskets will be raffled off, and a 50/50 raffle will be conducted. Presale admission is $15; tickets are also for sale at the door for $20 (kids 12 and under are free).