Sporting KC fans rally around fire victim’s family

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Sporting Kansas City fans are helping out a local family who lost their home to fire a day after moving in.

Montez Roberts and his family moved into a new home near 81st and Park on Thursday. Montez was a security guard at Sporting Park, and even brought his wife to games on his days off.  On Friday, a suspected furnace fire destroyed their home and all of their belongings.

Members of the Kansas City Cauldron, the primary group of supporters of Sporting Kansas City, saw Fox 4's coverage of the fire and started raising money for Roberts and his family.  Within hours, the group raised $2,000.  Sporting Kansas City helped arrange three nights worth of hotel lodging for the family as well.

In a statement, Cauldron organizers said, "There was a level of trust there that's hard to explain. We consider him a supporter and part of the Cauldron. He did us the service of watching the stands so we can watch the games."

In January, The Cauldron held a similar fundraiser for Hector Solorio -- a fan who was seriously injured in a wreck.

You can donate funds to the effort by clicking here. The group is accepting donations of clothing and household items as well; those can be dropped off at Pandolfi's Deli in Columbus Park. Click here to see a list of items the family needs.

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