Fundraiser held for dad burned in house fire trying to save son

By Cheryl Glassford, Reporter
Last Updated: Saturday, July 28, 2012

A Lakeland family continues to deal with the loss of a 3-year-old boy who died in a fire last week. 

With the boy's father still in the hospital suffering from serious burns, members of the community have rallied together to help the family begin to pick up the pieces.

As buckets filled with water for washing cars in Lakeland Sunday, volunteers outside a Chili’s restaurant were also filling buckets with cash. The donations were going towards Brian Myers and his family.

Myers, a Chili's employee, was home with his girlfriend and children last Wednesday when investigators say a faulty fan caused the house to go up in flames.

Myer's 3 year old son, Landon, died in the fire. Myers was severely burned trying to rescue him.

"It's just horrible, really no other way to put it," said friend Marcos Cortes.

He and other friends of the family waved signs along Highway 98 trying to raise enough money to get the family back on their feet.  Myers is still in the hospital.

"He'll be in the hospital a little longer, but with the hope of god and everybody helping, hopefully he'll be out soon,” said Cortes, “The least we could do is a car wash, and try to make some money to help the family."

"I don't know what I would do if that happened to me, and I'd want all the help he's getting," said volunteer Dee Hester.

Friends of the family say Myers in stable condition at an Orlando hospital and he’s had to have skin grafts. They say he still has a long road to recovery.