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Fire Dept. Plans to Help Families After Duplex Blaze

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

It was far from just another New Year’s Eve for members of the Emmaus Fire Department last night.

That’s because it was far from just another New Year’s Eve for two Emmaus families who lost everything Sunday night when a raging fire that began on the rear porch of 502 E. Main St. destroyed their duplex in the borough.

The firefighters met Monday after dinner to begin talking about how they can help the families, who according to scanner reports Sunday night include an older couple, and a man, woman and juvenile.

Capt. Matt Hahn of the Emmaus Fire Department contacted Emmaus Patch after the New Year’s Eve meeting to share initial details of the fire department’s planned relief efforts.

According to Hahn, the department intends to open two bank accounts – one for each family – into which members of the community can deposit monetary donations. Since today is Jan. 1 and all banking institutions are closed, Hahn said that details on those accounts won’t be available until later in the week.

At this point, Hahn said the firefighters are particularly focusing their efforts on helping an 11-year-old girl injured in the fire while trying to save her dog. The dog – a Great Dane - was killed in the blaze and the girl is still hospitalized, Hahn said.

Another firefighter told Emmaus Patch on Monday night that the girl is breathing with the help of a ventilator but is expected to recover.

“They lost everything,” Hahn said. “It was just Christmas and she lost all of her presents.” The department is working to find out the exact details about what Christmas presents were destroyed in the fire in the hopes of replacing the specific presents she received this year, he added.

The fire department will also collect donations of toys, clothing and other household items for both families at the fire station from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5.

The firefighters are in the process of contacting both families to find out where they are staying and for how long to determine whether donations of larger appliances and furniture will be useful right now or at a later time.

Heather Schaedel January 01, 2013 at 09:24 PM
What a brave girl. It's so sad that the dog perished and they lost everything else too. My heart goes out to all involved and may their dog rest in peace.
Donna Reynolds Weber January 02, 2013 at 03:03 AM
Are you sure the 11 yr. old girl wears sm/med WOMENS shirts?? Since she is a size 2women's on the bottom, it would make since if she wore misses or jr's sm/med. Please get some clarification on this. I know this community will come through for this family!!
Robert Schwoyer January 02, 2013 at 03:20 AM
Dear Family and Friends, While all of us are celebrating this Happy New Year, There are 2 families’ that are not. That’s because it was far from just another New Year’s Eve for two Emmaus families who lost everything Sunday night when a raging fire that began on the rear porch of 502 E. Main St. destroyed their duplex in the borough. One of these families was an older couple. The second family included a Father and an 11 year old Girl. While they lost everything they still have each other. So we (The Emmaus Fire Dept) Want to HELP! The firefighters met Monday after dinner to begin talking about how we can help the families. The department intends to open two bank accounts – one for each family – into which members of the community can deposit monetary donations. Since today is Jan. 1 and all banking institutions are closed, the details on those accounts won’t be available until later in the week. At this point, the firefighters are particularly focusing their efforts on helping an 11-year-old girl injured in the fire while trying to save her dog. The dog – a Great Dane – perished in the blaze and the girl is still hospitalized, with the help of a ventilator but is expected to recover. “They lost everything”, it was just Christmas and she lost all of her presents. The department is working to find out the exact details about what Christmas presents were destroyed in the fire in the hopes of replacing the specific presents she received this year.
Robert Schwoyer January 02, 2013 at 03:21 AM
We do know that she LOVED playing soccer and her DOG. So what we are looking for at this time: Monetary donations, Gift cards (Example- clothing and dining or anything that may help), Clothing and Soccer related items. The fire department will also collect donations of toys, clothing and other household items for both families at the fire station from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5. We got Sizes. The father is a 36 x 30 in jeans, size 10 shoe, and XL everything else. Jada is a 11 year old, loves soccer. She's a size 10 kids, size L kids, and adult size 9 shoe. She's very athletic. the older couple sizes are-The lady's sizes are as follows: Pants-14x16,Shirt-Large,Shoe-8 wide The gentleman's sizes are as follows: Pants-40x30,Shirt-Extra Large,Shoe-10.5 Wide Any and all Donations are welcome. If you know someone or a business that may help in our efforts PLEASE pass this on. The members of the EMMAUS FIRE DEPT would like to say THANK YOU from the bottoms of our HEARTS! And Please keep both of these families in your thoughts and Prayers. Anybody that would like to help Please contact myself (email: bschwoyer@ptd.net or 484-538-1051) or any member of the Emmaus Fire Dept. Or stop by this Sat at the station from 9-3. Or any time. 100 north 6th st Emmaus pa. 610-967-5630.
Robert Schwoyer January 02, 2013 at 03:22 AM
I updated my earlier post. Thank you.
Jennifer Marangos (Editor) January 04, 2013 at 04:15 PM
Please note: Jada's sizes were originally posted incorrectly. Her correct sizes are: Pants, kids size 10; shirts, kids size 6; Shoe, kids size 9.

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