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Community rallies around Forks fire victims

Community rallies around Forks fire victims

FORKS TWP., Pa. - A Northampton County community is rallying behind a family after they were forced out of their home Sunday night.

Firefighters were called to Spring Lane in Forks Township around 10 p.m., after investigators said a home that was under construction went up in flames.

Investigators said the fire was no accident, and they're still investigating the cause.

But the fire didn't only damage the unfinished home; four other nearby homes sustained damage, including the Fossa family home.

Neighbors said the wind carried the flames into the Fossa's home, causing extensive damage to their master bedroom.

The rest of the home sustained severe smoke and water damage.

The Fossas are now unable to live in the home they purchased only six months ago.

Kimberly and Frank Fossa, along with their three children, Ava, Jack, and Benjamin, are now living at a friend's home.

"It's just so heartbreaking. We worked so hard to get into that house," said Kimberly Fossa.

"When we got up this morning it was like what do we do? We have to go through the house, see what else is salvageable," said Frank Fossa.

But the family didn't even have time to think about asking for assistance, before friends and neighbors came to them with helping hands.

"They would never ask for help. You ask her (Kimberly) now 'What do you need, what can we do?' 'Nothing, I'm fine.' I'm like, 'You lost everything!'" said Anastasia Attisano, a family friend.

"Everyone came together, we put out flyers, sent it out on Facebook, Instagram and got a good response," said Brian Trimmer, a neighbor.

Less than 24 hours after the devastating fire, dozens of friends, and even complete strangers, gathered at the community park for a fundraiser to aid them in their time of need.

The money raised from selling pretzels and snow cones will help cover the family's expenses the next few months.

Money and clothing donations were also collected.

"My husband and I, from the bottom of our hearts, just appreciate this," said Kimberly Fossa.

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