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In wake of devastating fire, community rallies around local family

Updated: Tuesday, October 29 2013, 12:39 PM CDT
Reported by: Kyle Rogers

MIDDLETOWN -- As a Middletown family continues to recover from burn wounds, the community is coming together to raise money for them.

Several businesses, organizations, and even kids began donating money and their services to help the Radabaughs after their home was destroyed by massive flames. 

Early Saturday morning, fire crews responded to a fire at the home along South Union and Pike streets. The flames tore through their home leaving behind only destruction. State Police say the fire has been ruled accidental.

Parents George and Heather Radabaugh were listed in critical condition at the Lehigh Valley Hospital burn unit. The couple's children, 18-year-old George Jr., 14-year-old Griffin, 12-year-old Gabe and 7-year-old Gabreana have been released from the hospital. 

A relative of the family spoke to CBS 21 News and said the family is still in shock over what happened. However, she said she was amazed by the community's support.

On Monday night, neighborhood kids were selling bracelets they made to raise money for the family. They took a look at the home destroyed and said that's why they feel the needed to help. 

On Facebook, more than 1,600 people like a page titled Rally for the Radabaugh's." Commenters posted their messages of support and thoughts for the family as well as ways they want to help. 

Clothing shop "With Kidz In Mind" in downtown Middletown will soon sell specialty shirts for the family. Because the boys have strong ties to the high schools football program, the shirt touts a logo with Raider Pride the family's last name on the back of it. The shop is taking orders for shirts of all sizes. All proceeds will go to the Radabaugh family. 

Middletown businessman Chevi Chevalier began an online fundraiser asking people to donate money through its GiveForward website. He said so far the website has raised more than $4,000 for the family. 

We couldnt imagine saving our kids from a fire and putting ourselves in harms way, I mean, wed all do it, said Katelynn Miece, who works at Midtown Pizza. Were all parents, we couldn't imagine being in their shoes.

The restaurant, near the Giant in Middletown, has donation boxes for the family. Owners plan to donate half of the proceeds from dine-in guests on Nov. 11 to the family. 

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Chevaliers GiveForward: click HERE.In wake of devastating fire, community rallies around local family


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