Two families mourning the deaths of seven people killed in a horrific July 4th fire in Lancaster say someone is trying to benefit from their tragedy.
They’re warning people to be on alert for scammers going door-to-door, saying they’re collecting donations for the families.
Family members of fire victims Jimmie Moore and the Kuhns family say they have not and will not solicit donations that way.
Moore’s son Jimmie Brock got a phone call from a friend Sunday, telling him that someone came to her door soliciting for donations for his family.
“I was very frustrated with it, I was really upset about it and was throwing things,” Brock said. “I just couldn’t believe that someone was doing this, knowing everything that we’re going through.”
Brock’s father Moore died in an early morning fire that sparked in his home at 115 E. Clay Street on July 4th.
An entire family of six staying with Moore, Dad David Kuhns, Mom Crystal, Skylar, 8, Shawn, 6, Mickey 4 and Cordail, 2, also died because of the fire.
“It just hurts us, right to the core, that there are people out there that try to benefit from others grief,” said Mary Mendoza, David Kuhns’ niece.
Mendoza reiterated that no family members are going door-to-door asking for donations.
Both families have set up memorial funds at area banks for those who want to help.
“To whoever and everyone that does help us, or donates, it’s greatly appreciated and you’re forever in our prayers, for thanks,” Mendoza said.
If you’re interested in helping these families with funeral expenses, you can donate to “The Moore Family Memorial Fund” at any Members 1st Federal Credit Union.
To help the Kuhns, you can donate to the “Kuhns Babies & Family Memorial Fund” at any Wells Fargo Branch in Lancaster, York or Dauphin Counties.
Relatives of the Kuhns have set up a Facebook memorial page where people can get updates and find out how to help.