Community Rallies Around Family After Jeromesville Fire

  • 7/15/2019 3:32:51 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

JEROMESVILLE, OH - The Jeromesville community is coming together to support a family after the loss of three of their children in a deadly house fire early Monday morning.

According to the Jeromesville Fire Department, firefighters responded to a residence on Perry Township Road 1550 to find a two-story home fully engulfed. After an aggressive effort to fight the flames, firefighters attempted to locate several residents who were reported to be still inside, but initial search results were unsuccessful. When the fire was finally extinguished, local fire personnel and specialists from the State Fire Marshall's Office investigated the residence. Authorities found and transported three individuals to University Hospital, and confirmed the discovery of the bodies of three other residents.

Hillsdale Middle School Principal Tim Keib was eating breakfast with his family on Monday morning when others in the school district contacted him about the tragedy. 12-year-old Faithlyn Bogavich, one of Keib's students at Hillsdale Middle School, is said to have a bubbly personality with a "smile that never stopped... a fantastic kid to be around," according to Keib.

"I can't fathom it," Keib said, expressing his condolences for the family. "The pain that the parents must be in right now is staggering. I have five children of my own. To lose one would be catastrophic. To lose three, I can't even put my head around it. It's tragic."

Despite the impact of the loss felt around the small, tight-knit community, several members in the district have already begun to offer support to the family. "Hillsdale Cares," an organization dedicated to helping those in need, is accepting donations for clothing and other items to be donated to the family, with the loss of their home and all of their belongings. Items requested include:

  • Women's Pants, Large
  • Women's Tops, X-Large
  • Women's Shoes, Size 9
  • Men's Pants, Large
  • Men's Tops, X-Large
  • Men's Shoes, Size 10
  • Pants, Size 30x32
  • Shirts, Size Men's Large
  • Underwear, Size Medium

Those donations can be dropped off at Hillsdale High School. Monetary donations can be made in the family's name and mailed or dropped off to Hillsdale Cares, whose address is listed as Hillsdale Schools, 485 TR 1902, Jeromesville, OH, 44840.

"It's a great community that really rallies together," Keib said. "This community pulls together like no other."

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