Investigation and fundraising efforts continue after fire | News


SPRINGBORO — As investigators continue to search for the cause of Friday night’s fatal fire in Springboro, there is a new fundraising effort to help the family who lost four members, including three children.

As of Tuesday night, Pennsylvania State Police firefighters had not issued an official decision on what started the fire at 110 Union St.

The fire swept through the house, claiming the lives of Hilda (Rose) Eberhart and three children, aged 14, 10 and a 6-month-old baby, while two other adults were also injured.

Erie’s Country Fair Inc. convenience store chain is hosting family fundraising events later this week at all of its five Crawford County locations as well as Albion.

Eberhart was an employee of the Country Fair location on Conneaut Lake Road in Vernon Township, the company said in a news release.

Additionally, Eberhart’s son-in-law, an employee of the same store, lost two children and a grandchild, the statement said.

Country Fair stores in Meadville, Vernon, Saegertown, Linesville, Cochranton and Albion will accept cash donations for the family Thursday through Sunday, the statement said.

In addition, all proceeds from Thursday coffee sales at these stores will be donated to the family for funeral expenses.

“We encourage Crawford County residents who are looking for a way to help to visit a Crawford County Fair location or the Albion store this week to make a contribution,” the statement read.

The remains of the four fire victims remain in the custody of the Crawford County Coroner’s Office pending funeral arrangements.

There are also other efforts to help the family, including a GoFundMe page. Also, according to the Springboro Volunteer Fire Department’s Facebook page, the department is planning a family benefit from noon to 6 p.m. on May 1 at the fire station.


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