Asheboro rallies in support of family after devastating house fire

ASHEBORO — The Asheboro community is uniting to support the Burroughs family, whose 10-year-old son, Chevy, suffered severe injuries in a house fire that ravaged their home on December 8th.

In the early hours, Kevin and Shauna Burroughs and their children, Kamdyn, 15, and Chevy, were asleep when the fire broke out just before 3 a.m. Shauna rescued Kamdyn through a window, while Kevin, hindered by heavy smoke and fire, eventually reached Chevy by breaking through an exterior wall. By the time firefighters arrived, 11 minutes after the 911 call was placed, the family had left to meet Randolph County EMS units on the way to the hospital.

Fire units from the Ulah, Seagrove, East-Side, West-Side, and New Hope fire departments responded to the structure fire on Mountain Creek Road.

Chevy was flown to Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem and was placed on a ventilator before undergoing a pair of surgeries to treat second and third-degree burns. On a newly created “CHEVY Strong” Facebook page that doubles as a fundraising hub, the Burroughs revealed that Chevy was in stable condition following the surgery.

Displaced by the fire, the Burroughs are staying at the hospital during Chevy’s recovery. The community’s response has been significant, with several efforts, including a GoFundMe campaign, have raised nearly $38,000 as of Monday.

Local business is joining the effort, with the Black Powder Smokehouse in Asheboro running a charity event through December 23, with a portion of proceeds going to the Burroughs family.

“The love and compassion we are receiving is truly humbling,” said Kevin Burroughs. Bambi Church, a GoFundMe page organizer, emphasized the importance of monetary donations, gift cards, and clothing.

The Randolph County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the blaze.

By Scott Pelkey, North State Journal