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Elkins Community Honors Victims of Fatal Fire

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Community members in mourning came together Monday night to honor those who lost their lives in the deadly fire in Elkins last month and to pray for those still fighting for theirs.

Hundreds of residents and county officials came out to the Elkins Railyard to offer their support for the Chamberlain family. The State Fire Marshal's Office said Alan Chamberlain, 29, Catherine "Katie" Bolgar, 11, Alanna Chamberlain, 2, Brianna Chamberlain, 2, and Isabella Chamberlain, 4, all died from injuries sustained in the fire.

"[We're] coming together to mourn, coming together to pray, and coming together to walk with this family in their terrible time of need," said Van Broughton, the mayor of Elkins.

For first responders and those closest to the family, the night began with a prayer service at the Chamberlain's house, followed by a procession of fire trucks to the Elkins Railyard, just three blocks away.

Officials said it was a step towards closure for those who were there one week ago.

"...For all the five fire departments....cause they're suffering too. We've had a rough week, and all of the other departments have, so we all got together and got this up here so we all could just be brotherhoods together," said Chief Tom Meader of the Elkins Fire Department.

Emotions ran high for many residents, as they lit candles in remembrance of each precious life lost.

Those who knew Alan Chamberlain and his girls say they lived life to the fullest.

"We saw them come so far. They were born prematurely, and they just grew up to be these fantastic, almost three year olds. Lana was definitely the spunky one, and Bre was a fighter," said family friend Jennifer Cassidy.

"Together, they were unstoppable. And Bella, the four year old, she was right in the middle of it all, she was the queen of it all. She was a princess, and she was a leader. They were all Daddy's little girls," said Carolyn Sandy.

Knowing that even at the darkest moments, there are still glimmers of hope.

"Katie gave the gift of life to a little one-year-old girl by giving her her liver. So even in death, she's bringing joy to so many families," said Dmitriy Bolgar, whose daughter was among the victims.

Jennifer Chamberlain, 34, and Jeff Hyde remain at the West Penn Burn Center in Pittsburgh. Chamberlain is currently in critical condition and Hyde is currently in serious condition.

Funeral arrangements are scheduled for Wednesday.

Other fundraisers in the works for the family are listed below:

-November 9: Bake Sale at Valley Point Mall (9 a.m.)

-November 9: Cake Walk at George Ward Elementary (4 p.m.)

-November 16: Spaghetti Dinner at the First Baptist Church (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

-November 23: Chicken Burn (TBA)

-November 30: Thirty-One Bingo Bash at the Beverly Fire Hall (2 p.m.)


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