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Fire Claims Family’s Home, Dog on the Day Before Christmas

Posted on: 6:53 am, December 24, 2013, by , updated on: 11:03am, December 24, 2013

SWEET VALLEY — A family’s dog was killed in a destructive fire early Christmas Eve morning in Luzerne County.

The family lost everything, escaping with the clothes on their backs and nothing else.

It happened around 4 a.m. along Bloomingdale Road in Ross Township. A mobile home went up in flames.

“We got the call around 4 a.m. for a fully involved structure fire and that’s what we found when we got here on the scene,” said Sweet Valley Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Stan Davis.

Five people lived there.  Four were inside.  They all got out safely.

In spite of firefighters’ best efforts, the home, and everything inside, including the family dog, was lost.  Most of the home burned to the ground, with only parts of walls left standing.

Assistant Chief Davis tells us that even though the Red Cross is helping the family, the community is stepping up to do what it can.

“I know there’s going to be a clothing drive that’s going to be put on to help them because they lost everything they own in the fire.”

The drive will be at the Sweet Valley Volunteer Fire Department on Main Road.  They need clothing for two adults; a man and a woman , an 19-year-old woman, a 16-year-old girl, and a 9-year-old boy. The drive runs from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

12 comments

  • Yountand1967 says:

    upto I saw the draft that said $4261, I accept that…my… neighbour was like they say actually bringing in money parttime on their apple laptop.. there uncle haz done this for only 15 months and at present cleared the dept on there cottage and got a great Ford Focus. Get More Information,,,,,,,http://x.co/3VGiz

  • Dominic fino says:

    What is the daughters address in dallas so I can make a delivery. Dom from a local business

  • Blair Soars says:

    Can we donate money and if so are there provisions to do so on-line?

  • Greg B. says:

    To those of you choosing to help this family out during their time of need (and taking the time to post info here), I salute you .

    When I see people helping others like this it makes me think there just may be some hope for the human race after all…well done, people.

  • Susan says:

    I would like to donate but need proper ages and sizes and a drop off location.

  • Tim Pintsch says:

    From the Facebook page of the Sweet Valley Fire Department:

    If you have seen the news there was a family that lost everything last night. The firehall is accepting donations on there half from 6-8 pm tonight sizes are

    age 9 male
    size 2 or 3 shoes
    8-10 boys shirt
    12 slim pants.

    Teenage female
    Size 9 shoes
    8 clothing
    Large shirts / hoodies

    40ish female
    Size 7 shoes
    Medium clothes

    Teenage female
    Size 7 shoes
    Size 0-2 clothes

    40ish male

    Waist 29 pants
    Medium shirts

    Also any non perishable food is welcome as is xmas toys

  • Kaitlyn says:

    I would love to donate clothes, winter jackets, ect. However, is there a drop off place other than the Christmas Eve time, or can we box it up and send it to the drop off location? Also, what are the sizes the family is looking for?

  • Joi says:

    The kids ages and gender are wrong on here. boy 9, girl 13, girl 18 and parents.

  • Barb Tigue says:

    Would like to give clothes but can’t tonight, is there an alternate time

  • Mindy says:

    What are their sizes for clothing?

    • Joi says:

      age 9 male
      size 2 or 3 shoes
      8-10 boys shirt …
      12 slim pants.

      Teenage female
      Size 9 shoes
      8 clothing
      Large shirts / hoodies

      40ish female
      Size 7 shoes
      Medium clothes

      Teenage female
      Size 7 shoes
      Size 0-2 clothes

      40ish male

      Waist 29 pants
      Medium shirts

      Also any non perishable food is welcome as is xmas toys

      Sweet valley fire page on facebook as info

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