Benefit Helps Family Who Lost Two Daughters in Myersville House Fire

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Investigators are still sifting through the rubble for clues to what caused a house fire in Myersville, Md. that killed two young sisters.

    The fire Thursday night was so intense that the parents of 3-year-old Sophie and 6-year-old Madigan Lillard were unable to get to them. The girls died from smoke inhalation, a medical examiner later ruled.

    Benefit for Fire Victims

    [DC] Benefit Helps Family Who Lost Daughters in Fire
    The community came together Tuesday night for a fundraiser for the Lillard family. (Published Wednesday, Feb 6, 2013)

    Their sisters, 8-year-old Morgan and 7-month-old Sadie, and their parents, Jack and Angela Christine Lillard, were taken to area hospitals, and Morgan remained hospitalized Tuesday night as the community came together for a fundraiser for the family.

    Crowds were packed inside a Chick-fil-A on Urbana Pike in Frederick, with a line trailing out the door. The restaurant was donating 25 percent of all proceeds from 4 to 8 p.m.

    Sisters Killed in House Fire

    [DC] Sisters Killed in House Fire
    Erika Gonzalez talks to neighbors who heard the family screaming for help as they tried to rescue their children from the burning home. (Published Friday, Feb 1, 2013)

    The Lillards' story has touched so many that very few of the thousands who showed up even knew the family. "It's obvious that this has effected a lot of people," one attendee told  News4's Erika Gonzalez.

    "Every one of our moms would step up to support the other moms in the community," said another, "because you never know when it's gonna be you that needs [to be] lifted up."

    Two Girls Killed in Maryland Fire

    [DC] Two Girls Killed in Maryland Fire
    Two young children died in a house fire in Frederick County. News4's Jackie Bensen reports. (Published Saturday, Feb 2, 2013)

    Community members also donated clothes and cash to add to the night's proceeds.

    Other efforts to help the family are below:

    • Donations of jackets, clothing, personal care items, homegoods, toys and gift cards can be made at Jumbo's Pumpkin Patch, Candlelight Floral Designs, Monocacy Valley Montessori and Carroll Creek Montessori schools. (Sizing: XL-XXL 18/20 clothes, size 10 shoes for the mother; M, L, XL sizes, 34/36 x 32/34 size pants, size 9.5 shoes for the father; size 7-8 clothes, big kids size 2 shoes, prefers unisex clothing for the 8-year-old girl; and size 3-9 months clothing for the baby girl.)

    • Frederick County Bank set up the Lillard Family Recovery Fund. Cash or check donations can be made at any branch.

    • Fit for Life Boot Camp is raising founds online at giveforward.com.

    • The Creative Children's Center at 603 Main St. in Myersville is accepting donations from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.