Blaze Destroys Duplex; Firefighters Plan Relief Effort

Emmaus Fire Department spearheads community effort to help two families left homeless following a Sunday night fire on Main Street in Emmaus.

Editor's Note: Jada's sizes were originally posted incorrectly. Her correct sizes are: Pants, kids size 10; shirts, kids size 6; Shoe, kids size 9. This article has been corrected to reflect these sizes.

Emmaus firefighters met Monday night to begin planning ways to help two families displaced by a Sunday night blaze that destroyed a duplex on Main Street in the borough.

The families include an older couple and a father and his 11-year-old daughter. The girl was injured trying to save her dog, a Great Dane, who died in the blaze.

The firefighters plan to open a bank account for each family for the purpose of collecting monetary donations. Details on those accounts will be available later this week.

The Emmaus Fire Department has also scheduled a donation drive for Saturday, Jan. 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the fire station. In addition to toys and small household items, the firefighters are hoping to collect clothing for both families.

Here are the details on the clothing sizes needed according to the Emmaus Fire Department:

  • The father: Jeans, 36 x 30; Shoe, 10; Extra-Large in everything else.
  • The girl: Pants, kids size 10; shirts, kids size 6; Shoe, kids size 9.She's very athletic and loves soccer.
  • The older couple: Lady's pants, 14-16; Shirt, Large; Shoe, 8-wide; Men's pants, 40 x 30; Shirt, Extra-Large; Shoe, 10 1/2-wide.

The firefighters want members of the community to know that they can feel free to drop off items at the fire station at other times if they cannot make the Saturday drop-off.

Carl Stevenson January 02, 2013 at 05:49 PM
Come on folks, help these unfortunate people! Not to boast ... I took about 6-8 pairs of pants and some shirts that t would fit the father from the sizes in the article. However, they were rather dressy pants and shirts. I don't have any jeans or work clothes left in that size (I've lost a fair amount of weight in the past 2 years, but tossed the larger work clothes because they were too worn.) Someone out there must have some jeans and shirts suitable for less dressy activities, and shoes, coats, gloves, etc. They need stuff now, so go look for items you can spare or no that no longer fit you and get them down to the firehouse!
Amanda Edwards January 02, 2013 at 06:58 PM
I'm have some clothes from my daughters Xmas gifts that don't fit her. Definitely going to give the girl those and some new ones. I live up the street from them and she probably rides my daughters bus. Anything I can do to help
KitKat January 03, 2013 at 03:57 AM
I live a couple of blocks away from where this had happened as well. I couldn't belive it when I heard about it and then when I saw it...how heart-wrenching. It's nice to know there are people in the community to help out in a time of need. I had cleaned out my closets earlier today and have a bag full of clean clothing to donate, as well as some teddy bears and I plan on going shopping to add to my bag of donations.
Nancy O'Brien January 03, 2013 at 12:50 PM
Who do we make checks out to so they can buy the items that dont get donated. Also, I have some giftcards from the holidays that I imagine they could use more than I can.
Gary Reiner January 05, 2013 at 01:46 AM
Hart Hursh January 05, 2013 at 03:05 AM
I will be dropping some clothes off tomorrow morning. I'm sure it will help. We went through a house fire.


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