Community Rallies in Support of Family Who Lost Son and Home in Fire

EDIT: This story incorrectly named Aaron Mielke as the father of the two older boys. The father is Joshua Chevalier, BreeAna Chevalier’s ex-husband.

The Bay City community is rallying around a family who lost their young son in a fire on Wednesday.

Around 12:15 a.m. firefighters responded to a fire at 704 Germania Street which claimed the life of 8-year-old Cullen Chevalier and injured his 5-year-old brother Harvey. Mother BreeAna, her boyfriend Aaron Mielke and their 18-month-old son Mako were able to escape safely. Harvey suffered burns to his hands, feet and face, as well as smoke inhalation. A GoFundMe has been started for the family, and more than $57,000 has been raised as of Friday morning.

Additionally, Barney’s Bar and Grill on Michigan Avenue has announced they are gathering donations for the family including clothing and toys for their toddler and 5-year-old, gift cards, toiletries, and other household items.