FARMINGVILLE - The Sachem community is throwing their support to a popular coach whose home was destroyed in a fire this morning.
The fire broke out at around 2:30 a.m., devouring nearly every inch of the home on South Howell Avenue. Homeowner Mark Wojahowski, his wife Mary, their nephew and two young daughters were sleeping when the youngest daughter, 7-year-old Mia, woke up screaming and ran for her dad.
Family friend Joseph Zarzycki says Wojahowski followed his daughter down the hallway, and that is when he saw the flames on the outside of the house and rushed to get everybody out. Everyone escaped without injury, including the family dog.
"Mia is the hero," Wojahowski says.
Wojahowski has been the beloved football coach and history teacher at Sachem High School for more than 20 years. He is also the dean of students at the school. Today, people from the community showed up by the dozens to support Wojahowski's family, who now don't have a place to live.
The arson squad is investigating the cause of the fire.
Those that wish to make a donation to the Wojahowski family can visit Sachem Online.