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Items being collected for two Middletown families displaced by fire at Pineford

By Dan Miller, danmiller@pressandjournal.com
Posted 12/20/17

Middletown Police Department is collecting clothes and other items for two families in the borough made homeless by a fire early Wednesday Dec. 20 in Pineford.Details were not available tonight, …

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Items being collected for two Middletown families displaced by fire at Pineford

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Middletown Police Department is collecting clothes and other items for two families in the borough made homeless by a fire early Wednesday Dec. 20 in Pineford.

Details were not available tonight, however the fire appeared to cause significant damage to the rear of the residence, which is in the 3100 block of Pineford Drive. The fire was related to a problem with the furnace, according to unconfirmed reports.

Those displaced are a family of five with three children, and a couple. The three children are a 3-year-old boy, and 1-year-old twins both a girl and a boy.

Police are hoping to collect items especially for the children, since the fire occurred so close to Christmas, said borough Council Vice President Dawn Knull.

The twins need 12-month clothes, and the 3-year-old boy needs clothes in size 3T, Knull said. The twins need size 3 diapers and the 3-year-old wears a size 9 shoe.

People can also donate age-appropriate toys. The 3-year-old boy likes PAW Patrol, Knull said.

Gift cards for the four adults who have been displaced are also welcome, Knull said.

Here’s how you can help. The police department will be collecting items during normal business hours at the station at 300 East Emaus Street in Middletown. The police station is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Knull will be collecting items in the evening. You can reach Knull by calling (717) 497-1302.

“Let’s not make these children wake up Christmas morning with nothing. Come together Middletown style,” Knull said in a text message to the Press & Journal.