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Community Rallying To Help Fire Victims

RUSH TOWNSHIP — A community is coming together to offer support after three brothers in one family died in a fire in Northumberland County on Friday.

At the same time, the fire is raising questions about whether a mother should have left her young children home alone while she worked the overnight shift.

We tried to ask both state police and the district attorney about the children who were left home alone on the night of the deadly fire. State police did not return our calls. The D.A.’s office would only say he has yet to review the case and has no comment.

While those questions remain unanswered, the community is joining together to help the family try to recover from the tragedy.

The memorial is still growing outside of the Rush Township home in Northumberland County. It was there on Friday where fire ripped through the home killing three young boys: Daniel Dissinger, 13, his brotherd Gavin, 7, and Arthur, 2.

At the time of the overnight fire, investigators say the children’s mother was at work.

“All of our employees here are saddened by her tragic loss.”

Christine Dissinger worked from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. at David J. Thompson mailing corporation near Bloomsburg.  Her boss says she’s only worked at the facility for about three weeks. Now her fellow workers are doing what they can and raising money for the family.

“We’re up over $600 and we have yet to ask our second and third shift employees to contribute,” Thompson said.

At Danville Middle School, teachers and students are also raising money for the Dissinger family. Daniel Dissinger was a 6th grader there. His locker is a growing memorial. His classmates wore blue on Monday, one of his favorite colors.  Teachers dressed down, all to support the family.

“We’re gathering clothing, food, cash, everything to support this family through because they’ve literally lost everything,” said Principal Charles Smargiassi.

It’s only been a few days since fire destroyed the Dissinger’s home in Northumberland County. In Montour County, they’re also finding ways to help out the family. A federal credit union is just one place where you can drop off donations to help the Dissinger family.

Bags and boxes full of clothes, blankets, and even food fill the hallway inside the MC Federal Credit Union in Danville. Employees say after word of the fire, they knew they needed to help.

“I can’t understand the grief the family is going through so we want to stand strong and help the Dissinger family as much as we can to get through this crisis,” said credit union CEO Jim Barbarich.

The circumstances surrounding the tragic fire are still under investigation  but the coroner has ruled the manner of the brothers’ deaths as accidental.

To make a donation contact:

230 Walnut Street
Danville, PA 17821

1-800-834-0082 or 570-275-6155


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