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Aid gathers for 2 Shippensburg area families whose homes burned

19 March 2013 No Comment

By AMBER SOUTH

@ShipNewsGirl

SHIPPENSBURG — Two families whose homes were destroyed by a recent fire are getting financial help from both neighbors and strangers.

Country Side Village, off Baltimore Road in Southampton Township, Cumberland County, set up a fund to help the families whose neighboring mobile homes caught fire around 2 a.m. March 5. It is believed an electrical malfunction in an exterior wall of 62 Rustic Drive began the fire that spread to 64 Rustic Drive, according to Pennsylvania State Police, Carlisle.

No one was injured, but almost all belongings were destroyed.

“The two homeowners are without homes. Their homes are totally demolished. That’s why we started the fund to help them monetarily,” said Chrissy Zukauckas, office manager at Country Side Village.

Kevin Zimmerman, owner of Countryside Village, was motivated to help after getting a number of calls from people wanting to help, Zukauckas said.

So far, $720 has been put into the CSV Fire Victims Fund at Members 1st Credit Union, she said. By 5 p.m. Monday, one anonymous donor contributed $25 through an account on www.gofundme.com.

Checks or cash can be mailed or delivered to any Members 1st branch. Donations can also be dropped off at or mailed to the office at Country Side Village, 9 Lantern Lane, Shippensburg 17257. Make checks payable to Country Side Village and write CSV Fire Fund in the memo field.

Donations by credit or debit card can be completed at www.gofundme.com/ 295fv0. There is a 5 percent processing fee.

Country Side Village has pledged $500, according to information on the gofundme.com page.

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Amber South can be reached at asouth@publicopinionnews.com, 262-4771.

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