Hellertown bands collectively to assist mother and father of two ladies killed in hearth

HELLERTOWN, Pa. – The Hellertown group is grieving two younger ladies who died in a hearth. Investigators are nonetheless working to find out what sparked the lethal blaze.

Dozens of relations and buddies stopped by the house on Linden Avenue Friday in disbelief and tears. The home is now all boarded up with a fence surrounding it, which is the place individuals are placing up flowers to honor sisters 15-year-old Brianna Baer and 10-year-old Abigail Kaufman.

“Candy, variety, mild souls, you realize, loving, delicate,” is how Gail Baer remembers her granddaughters.

69 Information additionally spoke with the ladies’ different grandmother, who advised us they had been so energetic and vigorous, all till their dwelling caught hearth early Friday morning.

“Flames popping out the again,” stated Frank Doklan, a neighbor. “The large bay window that blew out the entrance of the home.”

Firefighters rushed to the scene and had been in a position to get the sisters out of their bedrooms, however it was too late. They died at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem.

Their mother and father did escape and are anticipated to be okay.

“I could not think about,” stated Hellertown Police Chief Robert Shupp. “This has obtained to be the worst day of their life, so folks simply pray for them.”

The household has been concerned within the native American Legion for years, so the commander knew the sisters effectively.

“They had been nice children,” stated Eric Medei, the commander at American Legion Publish 397 in Hellertown. “They had been vigorous…it is simply extraordinarily troublesome.”

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However individuals are decided to assist the Kaufmans get by.

“We’re a really small group and we stick collectively and in instances of tragedy, we actually, actually pull collectively and we assist one another out,” stated Medei. “We’re one large household.”

The legion is serving as a gathering house for anybody who wants assist and is accepting donations for the household.

A GoFundMe has raised over $48,000 inside hours.

Rita’s has a fundraiser scheduled for Tuesday.

The house is a complete loss, and the 2 pet canine died as effectively.

One factor that was in a position to be salvaged: jewellery the ladies wore to recollect their grandfather, the legion’s final commander, who additionally just lately handed away.

“They each had his thumbprint with them,” stated Gail Baer.

We’re advised the ladies had been homeschooled this 12 months, however planning to return to in-person subsequent 12 months.

Saucon Valley Faculty District says counselors can be found.