Remembering Lives Lost In Springboro, Pa. Fire

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By Haley Potter

SPRINGBORO, Pa. (Erie News Now) – An April 1st fire in Springboro, Pa. claimed the lives of four people including 65-year-old, Hilda Eberhart, and 4 of her grandchildren, 14-year-old William, 10-year-old Matthew, and Destiny, who was just 6 months old.

On Thursday night a service was held for the victims of this house fire, that investigators say was caused by a clothes dryer.

Family and friends gathered to remember those lives lost in that house fire.

Eliza Perry lost three little siblings and her nana that night.

“My nana was my best friend,” she said.

She told Erie News Now she moved away for a few years and just started getting closer with her brothers when she moved back and is devastated that they are gone.

About 100 people filtered in the Conneautville Church of Christ for this service. Those people included family, friends, teachers, and several other Volunteer fire departments.

“As a parent you shouldn’t burry your children before you,” Florence Gates, a Captain at the Vernon Township Fire Department said.

Her crew was not on the scene the night of this devastating fire, but it breaks her heart for those who were. As a friend of the family and fellow community member, she came out to show her support.

“I just came to show them that we are here, and we support them in anything they need,” Gates said. “Everybody’s just come together in a whole to help somebody that lost everything and that’s really nice to see.”

The community will also come together May 1 at the Springboro Fire Hall for a benefit for the family with a raffle, food, and DJ. Tickets are on sale now for $10.


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