Married police officer and emergency responder from High Point lose everything in house fire

Married police officer and emergency responder from High Point lose everything in house fire

High Point police are helping one of their own after an officer and his wife lost their home in a fire early Wednesday morning.

The house on Grace Drive belongs to Patrolman Jason Cano and his wife Therese Varner, a 911 dispatcher. Although both are fortunately OK, their house is a total loss.

“We are often with people on the worst day of their lives,” said Major Rachel Juren, deputy chief of the High Point Police Department’s Community Division. “So today we are asking our community for support and for our telecommunicators and officers to stand by us during one of the worst days of their lives.”

Thomasville Fire Department officials said they were called to the home on Grace Drive in Thomasville around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.

When they arrived at the scene of the accident, they said the house was engulfed in heavy smoke and flames.

“The (fire) is currently under investigation, so we cannot comment on it at this time, but it is remarkable that everything was lost in the fire,” said Major Juren.

No one was home except for two pets that died in the fire, the department said.

On Wednesday afternoon, High Point police confirmed that the home belonged to an HPPD officer and a High Point 911 dispatcher, a married couple, and their nine-year-old son.

“So far, some of the most urgent needs have been met,” said Major Juren. “However, we expect this situation to continue to be a burden for them.”

To help, the police department announced that it would be running a gift card drive for the family.

They hope the community will come together to support the officer and his family, just as their officers have done for the community.

“It is absolutely critical that the community comes forward and offers support at a time like this. Not only to help them with basic needs, but to show support and show our first responders in general that they are supported by their community,” said Major Juren.

The department said you can drop off gift cards for things like gas, groceries, household goods or even just vanilla gift cards in the lobby of police headquarters at 1730 Westchester Drive.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated.