Facebook page created to support family that lost child in fire
BY PAMELA GOULD AND ROBYN SIDERSKY/THE FREE LANCE-STAR
A Facebook page has been set up to support the Stafford County family who lost a child in Monday’s house fire in the Kings Grant subdivision.
The parents are Dirk and Naomi Avery. The youngest of their five children was killed, a 6-month-old girl named Eleanor Mae. The other children are between the ages of 4 and 10, a relative said this morning.
The child’s identity was confirmed by the Stafford County Fire and Rescue Department in a news release Wednesday morning.
The fire originated near the front of the home and was ruled unintentional and the damage was estimated at $650,000, according to the release.
The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office concluded its investigation, which indicated that the child died as a result of the fire. A preliminary autopsy report from the Medical Examiner’s Office in Richmond supports the results of the investigation, according to the release.
“Despite efforts to gain entrance into the residence the mother was unable to rescue the child due to the severity of the fire,” the release says.
“This was a tragic accident that has devastated the family and the entire community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family in this very difficult time,” said Fire Chief Mark Lockhart and Sheriff Charles Jett said in a joint statement.
HOW TO HELP:
Some opportunities are listed on the Avery Family Fire Relief Facebook page.
In addition, the Cavalier Family Skating Center has scheduled a fundraiser for April 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. All admissions fees, skate rentals and concessions will be donated to the family relief fund, said owner and manager Emily Metts Garner. Admission is $4 and skate rental is $2.