Fundraisers are set up to help the McCarthy family.
CANANDAIGUA — A Canandaigua man who entered his burning house a week ago to ensure the safety of a woman inside remains in satisfactory condition at Strong Memorial Hospital as of Saturday.
Several fundraisers also are in the works to help him and his family.
Bill McCarthy, who lives at the Scotland Road home that was heavily damaged in a late-night fire last Sunday, is recovering at the hospital's burn unit in Rochester. According to his daughter-in-law Meghann McCarthy, he suffered third-degree burns to his feet and burns on other parts of his body.
The cause of the fire remains unclear. Acting Canandaigua Fire Chief Ben Cramer said firefighters were dispatched to the home, located off of North Main Street in the city, at 11:39 p.m. March 5 and didn’t return to base until around 5:30 a.m. March 6.
Bill McCarthy's son Matt McCarthy said his father, a retired New York Police Department officer, after making sure his wife Susan was safe, raced barefoot back into the home to find Sarah Bradley. Bradley, Matt’s girlfriend, had been sleeping in a second-story bedroom.
Matt also went into the structure to help out, where he found his father and Bradley in an upstairs bedroom at a window where they had gathered for air as the fire grew around them.
Firefighters rescued the trio from the second-story window. They escaped down a ladder and all four of the home’s occupants were sent to Thompson Hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. From there, Bill was transported to Strong for treatment of severe burns. Bradley, Matt and Susan have since been discharged from Thompson.
Bill and Susan, parents of five, bought the Scotland Road home in the early 1990s. Bill did the repair work, mostly by himself, on the previously abandoned home many years ago, according to the family.
“Susan has been with Bill throughout this time and has been working on the logistics of the fire with insurance and the investigation,” Meghann said. The future of the home remains uncertain.
Meghann McCarthy started a Gofundme.com account to raise money for the family. As of Saturday morning, $50,275 had been raised.
“We would love to publicly thank the community for all of their support and generosities,” Meghann said. “It is no surprise to see the support that Bill and Susan are receiving because it is a genuine reflection of the kind-hearted people they are to everyone else in this community.”
Aside from Bill’s former work as a mounted NYPD officer, Susan is an obstetrics nurse at Thompson and works as a nursing professor at both Finger Lakes Community College and St. John Fisher College in Rochester.
“There are few babies in our community she does not know,” Meghann wrote about her mother-in-law on the gofundme.com fundraiser page. “She is warm, compassionate, honest, incredibly intelligent and above all, would do anything for anyone at anytime — and does.”
They are qualities shared by Bill as well, Meghann pointed out.
A Gofundme.com account has been set up to help the McCarthy family in the wake of a devastating fire last week at their Scotland Road home. Those interested in helping out can donate by visiting gofundme.com/6km3p-let-there-be-angels.
In addition to the gofundme.com page, a pancake breakfast fundraiser on the McCarthys' behalf has been set up to take place at St. Mary’s Church from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. March 25. Another fundraiser will be held by Susan’s nursing colleagues at FLCC. The chicken barbecue will take place in the Runnings parking lot from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 22.