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Flowers, toys serve as memorial to lives lost in Hamburg

Pregnant woman, 2 sons died in fast-moving fire

HAMBURG, Pa. - A makeshift memorial is growing outside the charred shell of a home where a pregnant woman and her two young sons lost their lives over the weekend.

"I couldn't imagine," said a woman who left a teddy bear at the home Monday morning.

The memorial in front of the home in the 400 block of South Fourth Street in Hamburg includes an assortment of stuffed toys, bouquets of flowers, and balloons, as well as a simple wooden cross with the handwritten words, "GOD BLESS."

"I wanted to leave flowers and try to get some closure for myself, but I know it's not really going to help," said Keryn Cashman, a coworker of victim Jennifer Wilder.

The 27-year-old woman and her sons, Gabriel Kalinofski, 5, and Julian Gust, 2, died inside the burning home late Saturday night.

"She loved her kids. She loved her boys so much," Cashman told WFMZ's Jim Vasil outside the home on Monday. "She was always talking about them."

While they worked together at a company near Shoemakersville for only six months, Cashman said she felt she knew Wilder for so much longer.

"She had the most contagious laugh, and it echoed throughout the building," Cashman recalled. "You can always hear her laughing... she was a pure-hearted person, so sweet."

"I still don't feel like it's real," Cashman added. "I feel like I'm going to wake up tomorrow and she's going to be at work with us."

A man managed to escape the flames by jumping from a window, but not before he suffered serious burns, officials said.

Two dogs also died in the fire.

A Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal is working to determine what sparked the fire.


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