Mourning Three Young Brothers Killed in a Fire

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RUSH TOWNSHIP-- Daniel Dissinger, 13, was curious, talkative, and smart.

His Brother Gavin, 7, was active, friendly and loved to be outdoors,

The boys and their brother Arthur, 2, were killed when flames consumed their house on South Smith Road near Danville Friday morning.

A sister and brother escaped and tried to get help, but it was too late.

A day later, flowers began to cover the scorched foundation of the home, brought by people paying tribute.

One of them was Mary Weikel, a Sunbury firefighter.

"I would not have wanted to be the firefighter that brought them out."

Friends and relatives also visited Danville Middle School where Daniel Dissenger was a student. His locker transformed into a memorial covered by cards inscribed with messages from classmates. One reads,"Daniel I love like a brother."

On Saturday, the school served as a refuge for staff and students, offering grief counseling and more informal support.

In the following days, Daniel and Gavin will be remembered in a number of ways.

"Letting the kids talk through what they are dealing with, understand the stages of grief, some of them are going to be impacted for quite some time," said middle school principal Charles Smargiassi.

Administrators have planned activities to help the district's youngest kids cope.

"We have stories prepared, we have books that talk about loss and grief, activities as simple as making a poster, making a banner, writing a message to the students, so they have a way of feeling connected," said primary school principal John Bickhart.

On Tuesday at the Danville Mennonite Church, a visitation will take place at 12:30 p.m., a funeral at 1:30 p.m.

Several fundraisers are in the works including one at the school on Monday.

A fund to help the Dissinger family has been set up at M-C Federal Credit Union. If you'd like to help, stop by any branch of the M-C Federal Credit Union or send a check to:

"Dissinger Family, Loss Donation Fund"
230 Walnut St, Danville, PA 17821

The credit union is also collecting supplies including bedding and toiletries.

More information about branch locations and how to help can be found here.


  • Holly Miller

    As a mother, a daughter, and a sister I can not begin to imagine the heartache and devistation this family is experiancing. My prayers and heart felt sympothy goes out to this family. God bless you at this time and always.

  • Jolina

    I have three children relatively close to these ages so when I read this story my heart stopped. I can not even begin to imagine the anguish and heartbreak this family must be feeling. My heart is breaking for them and I am praying that God will give them the strength to move forward in the days ahead and that they will pull together and rely on each other to get them through such dark days.

  • christine koons

    Has anyone else noticed..there is a picture of the fire on the new..i may be crazy…but I looks like an angel in the flames.God bless this family..

    • lindal

      I went back and looked at the one pic and you are not crazy I see exactly what you mean.. God bless this family you have our prayer’s with all of you.

  • feeling horrible

    I feel horrible about this tragedy, I know the family am best friends with little Arthur’s dad who is devastated over this lose…. I wish there was more I could do besides my donations in a situation like this you feel like you want to just help so much!!! my prayers go out to the family and everyone that knows them we all need to stick together to help each other.

  • Connie Beegle

    Lord bless that family ! it hurt, you even not know thees people.It is one of the sad it thing i seen in years..My prayers go out to all of them !

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