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Vigil held for victims on anniversary of deadly fire

Vigil held for victims on anniversary of deadly fire

LANCASTER, Pa. - Families and friends gathered in the 100 block of East Clay Street in Lancaster Friday night to remember a group of people who died in a terrible fire last July 4th.

Despite the heroic efforts of firefighters, that fire claimed the lives of seven people.

There were 14 people inside and Jimmie Moore, the homeowner, lost his life trying to save his family.

"He was someone that was loving and caring and cared about others around him," said Jimmie Brock, the son of Jimmie Moore.

But Jimmie is not the only one they are grieving for.

He had another family staying at the house with him, the Kuhns family and unfortunately both David, his wife Crystal and their four children, under the age of eight, all died as a result of that fire.

The Kuhns family says this past year has been especially hard.

"I miss her very much," said Leon Becker, Crystal's older brother.

The one blessing the Moore family says came out of this tragedy is their sister Martha was able to escape the fire and give birth to their niece Zaleeah that day.

"God takes a life and he gives a life back. We looked at it that way," said Brock.

So as their flags fly high for the fourth of July, they stand in remembrance of their dad, the Vietnam Veteran, and the six other members of the Kuhns family that were lost.

"That is what tonight is all about to see how many other lives he has touched and how many more people we can let them know how dangerous fires are and what to do," said Brock.

The family did not have any working smoke detectors when the fire broke out, something the surviving family members would encourage all families to have.

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