American Legion, native companies pitch in to assist household after deadly hearth in Hellertown

HELLERTOWN, Pa. – The Hellertown group steps up within the wake of a tragedy.

“I do not understand how a lot individuals find out about our group however it’s small, and it is shut,” mentioned Robert Shupp, Chief of Hellertown Police.

And after a deadly hearth took two younger ladies from their group, they knew they needed to come collectively.

“Once we ask for assist, we get stuff executed,” mentioned Eric Medei, Commander of American Legion Put up 397 Hellertown.

The lethal hearth erupted on Linden Avenue simply earlier than 1 a.m. Friday. Crews rushed to the scene, to seek out the mother and father panicked as they tried to get their daughters out of the second ground of the house.

“The smoke and flames have been too dangerous to get in. Firefighters arrived on scene a short while later and have been in a position to get the 2 juveniles out,” mentioned Cpl. John Donato, with the Hellertown Police Division.

The mother and father, two crew members, and the 2 ladies have been transported to the hospital. Hours later we have been informed 15-year-old Brianna Baer and 10-year-old Abigail Kaufman died from their accidents.

The mother and father survived however are actually left heartbroken.

Locations like Rita’s, the American Legion Put up 397, and different native companies are doing all the things they will to assist.

“It is a small and really tight-knit group,” mentioned Jay Losagio, Proprietor of Rita’s in Hellertown. “I do not anticipate something much less.”

Native companies are gathering clothes, financial donations, and something they will to assist the Kauffman household throughout this tragedy.

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“This is among the worst issues in my lifetime I’ve skilled in my group,” mentioned Losagio. “I knew I needed to take motion.”

The group desires the Kaufman’s to know one factor throughout this tough time – “We’re right here to help you.”