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Fire Destroys Home of East Football Coach Wojciechowski

Farmingville home of East head coach Mark Wojciechowski ravaged by fire Tuesday morning; all five inside escape injury.

A fire overnight destroyed the Farmingville home of Sachem East head football coach Mark Wojciechowski.

The five people who live at the home on South Howell Avenue--Wojciechowski, his wife, two daughters and a nephew--all escaped unharmed. The Wojciechowskis' dog was also saved.

The fire began shortly before 2:30 a.m. and it elicited a response from five fire departments--Farmingville, Selden, Holtsville, Ronkonkoma and Medford--officials said.  

Wojciechowski's 7-year-old daughter Mia alerted her family to the fire, according to Jay Mauro, an assistant coach for the East football team, who also serves as a dean with Wojciechowski at Sachem North.

"She came running into Mark's room and was like, 'Daddy, daddy, daddy, the house, the house, the house," Mauro said of Mia. "She is the one that saved them."

Mauro was among several members of the Sachem community Tuesday morning gathered outside the home, which Wojciechowski has lived in his entire life, to lend support.

"Whenever you hear about something like this, you always feel bad and when it's someone close to you, you are taken aback by it," said Mauro, adding that Wojciechowski was like a father to him growing up. "It knocks your socks off because they lost everything. Everything is gone."

Only a few pictures and Wojciechowski's Hansen Award, which he received in 1985 as a member of the Sachem football team for being Suffolk County's top player, were recovered from inside the home, Mauro said.

Mauro said the community is already rallying together for man affectionately known as "Woj."

"We have a great community," said Mauro, as donation drives are already popping up for the Wojciechowski family. "It's about giving back and helping each other."

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

From our Faceboook page:

Kelly Corcoran Campbell Hi Everyone... The Girl Scouts are doing a collection for the family at Chippewa Monday from 6-7:30... Please pass it on to anyone in the community that would like to come by... We are taking clothes but are also asking that people bring other things, books,toys, gift cards etc... If anyone would like to write a check they can write it out to Troop 511 and we will make sure the family gets it! Any questions please inbox me!

Nichol Mancaruso The wojos are personal friends of ours.... the girl scouts are collecting donations at this time. Everything and anything is needed including your basics. Email me for further info regarding sizes and drop off mancaruso@verizon.net

Susan Giulintano-gardetz Donations can be dropped off at the Filthy Frogzz on Hawkins Ave in Ronkonkoma

We will update this story with more info as it becomes available, including any details on ways to help the family.

Colleen Donnelly Mullen April 18, 2012 at 08:00 PM
I was wondering if we could get the girls sizes for new clothes please.
Ryan Bonner April 18, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Ditto what Jason said. I've only been covering Sachem for a few weeks now, but it's certainly already clear to me that this is a community that sticks together and rallies quickly for anyone in need.
Joseph Marbel Pellicane April 18, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Coach, we are so sorry for the unfortunate event that took place last night. Thank God no one was injured in any way. I myself suffered a house fire when I was only 8 years old. Great job to Mia and we thank you. Coach, The owner @ Rocoo's Deli would like to offer you and your family a open account to stop in and eat anytime that you like.
Ryan Bonner April 19, 2012 at 03:50 PM
From our FB page: girls need 10/12 clothes and size 2,3 shoes, Mom needs clothes also size M and shoes 10, Dad needs 4x shirt and 50 waist. Would also like to add they have a nephew who lives with them as well. His sizes are med mens shirt, 32 waist, 8.5 shoes
marisa April 19, 2012 at 06:32 PM
The Farmingville Residents Association will be collecting non-perishable food and clothing donations at our May 15th meeting, from 7 - 9PM at the FARMINGVILLE FIRE HOUSE, MAIN STATION, for Wojo and his family, Lt. Rich Nappi's family, and the family of the 5 Lidge Drive fire. Thank you!

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