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Linglestown Gazette: Linglestown family displaced by house fire

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Linglestown family displaced by house fire

A family in Blue Meadows Farm housing community lost their home early this morning in a fast-moving fire, according to a news brief published online by The Patriot-News.

Dauphin County dispatched Linglestown Fire Company for a deck fire early in the 1 am, but crews arrived to find a well-involved two-story house, according to a news brief on the fire company's Web site. Firefighters worked the fire scene for about nine hours.

Gazette contributor Q sent me this exclusive Q-Tip:

A passerby spotted a fire on a house deck on J K Drive and banged on windows to warn the family. They tried to put out the fire, but flames spread to a grill and caught the tank. The family was not injured, but their dog could not be rescued. The cars survived, but they don't have anything – no wallet, no keys, no credit cards, nothing left. The local American Red Cross chapter is putting them up in a hotel for two nights.

The family is a younger couple with two children ages 2 1/2 and 1. My wife and I talk with them on occasion while walking or at the playground. Our neighbor is going to put together a flyer asking for donations.

Triple Crown Corporation, the developer of Blue Meadows Farm, has offered the family a townhouse in the development and is willing to furnish it for them. (The arrangement is contingent upon the home insurer's approval.)

A Gazette reader spotted the fire as he was leaving Blue Meadows Farm and shot 10 minutes of video that is now posted on YouTube.



At 9:43 PM, Anonymous Q said...

Correction:  The youngest child, their daughter, is actually 6 months. 

At 2:10 PM, Anonymous Q said...

more info posted on: http://www.linglestownfire.org/

At 2:12 PM, Anonymous Q said...

Homeowners Association to post how people can help: http://www.geocities.com/bmfhoa/

At 2:14 PM, Anonymous Q said...

...hard to watch that video

At 10:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live on Regent Drive in the same development and having a 6 month old myself it hit too close to home. My family would like to donate something to this family to help them. It is very hard to watch the video and anytime i hear sirens, i have a panic attack since this is the second fire around our development within a month.

At 1:13 PM, Anonymous Q said...

The Blue Meadows Farm Homeowners Assoc. will distribute information on how you and others can help. Hopefully we will be getting this info shortly. We saw and spoke to the family a few hours after the fire dept left that morning.

At 10:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Correction. The family's last name is Shirk. It's Mark and Jennifer Shirk...

At 2:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you would like to help you can send donations to Shirk Family Relief Fund. Mail to
319 Terrace Rd, Mt Joy PA 17552.


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