When times are tough or when tragedy strikes, we often turn to our families for support.

Right now the New Milford wrestling family is rallying for one of its own -- and they could use some help from folks in the community.

In the aftermath of a March 4 house fire at 66 Grove Street, David and Jency Rojas, their son, New Milford High School wrestler Bryan Rojas, and his four siblings were left homeless.

The New Milford Wrestling Association quickly established a benefit fund to help the Rojas family get back on their feet.

Donations could be mailed to New Milford Wrestling Association, c/o Dr. Erich Doubek, Treasurer, 310 Litchfield Road, New Milford, Conn. 06776.

Supplies can also be dropped off at that same address. Call 860-354-8583 for details.

Firefighters from Water Witch Hose Co. No. 2 responded to the structure fire March 4 a little before noon at 66 Grove Street and found the house was already seriously damaged.

Northville, Gaylordsville and Brookfield volunteer firefighters provided mutual aid.

New Milford fire marshal Karen Facey said the fire had been caused by an electrical problem in the house's wiring.

The house is a total loss, according to Water Witch Hose Co. No. 2 fire Chief James Ferlow.

The Red Cross assisted the family with temporary housing and money for food and clothing.

Bryan Rojas, an NMHS junior, is just coming off a strong season for coach Chris Piel's Green Wave wrestling team.

He placed fifth in the 138-pound class at the state open tournament in New Haven. The week before, he had taken runnerup honors at the state class `L' tournament to help the Green Wave to its third straight team title.

Richard Gregory and Susan Tuz