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February 5, 2013

Fund established to help fire victim

OSKALOOSA — This is what it means to be neighborly.

Helen Edgington lost her daughter, Kathie, and her home in an early morning house fire. The fire occurred at 3:49 a.m. this past Thursday at Helen’s home at 401 N. A St. Helen also was home at the time of the blaze and was able to escape the house.

In the wake of this fire, Helen’s neighbors Beth and Frank Kminek have set up a fund for Helen at Valley Bank, 509 A Ave. W. Beth said she wanted to help Helen “because she’s lost everything.”  Beth noted that she’s trying to get information about the fund out there to churches, schools and various media outlets.

Beth said she first heard about the fire after seeing that one of her other neighbors had posted about the fire on Facebook. She said she was very saddened and shocked by the situation.

To give to the fund, people can make checks out to the “Helen Edgington Benefit Acct.” Checks can be mailed or brought into Valley Bank at 509 A Ave. West, Oskaloosa, IA 52577.

Although the flames have long since been extinguished, Beth said she drives by the site of the fire every day since it’s so close to her home. She said seeing the remnants of the home has also been upsetting to her children.

“It’s been pretty sad,” said Beth.

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Herald City Editor Andy Goodell can be reached at news2@oskyherald.com.

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