Community support abundant for Fayette County fire victims
The Bazzar family could only stand back, watching helplessly on Tuesday as all of their possessions went up in flames while smoke billowed from their Fayette County house.
As the family copes with the disaster, the community has stepped up to offer support. So much help, the Bazzars say, that they are now asking that donations be directed to local service groups.
“When you're sitting there and everything is a mess and people just start showing up to help, it's the most incredible thing,” a tearful Ruth Bazzar said Friday. “I hope that anyone who ever goes through that, has that.
“They've been so wonderful. I don't know what we would do without them. And if there's somebody out there that doesn't have that, I want somebody to help them,” she said.
The fast-moving fire ravaged the family's two-story home along Woods Road in Upper Tyrone. Ruth and her husband, Frank, escaped with their three children, ages 5, 8 and 10. Two dogs died in the fire.
Fire hydrants located far from the house and gusty winds complicated firefighters' efforts; it took them about 31⁄2 hours to quell the flames.
The state police fire marshal is investigating the cause.
The family asked for donations to help them rebuild. Within days, they had received plenty of clothing, small appliances and food, Ruth said.She is asking that any additional donations go to the Red Cross or local community service groups so that others facing tragedy will have the same support.
“It would be a lot harder if we didn't have so many supportive people who care so much,” she said. “They've been wonderful and I don't even know how to say ‘thank you.'”
Amanda Dolasinski is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.
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