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Community pitches in for family who lost their home

The Valley Banner

ELKTON – The community is stepping forward to help a single mother and her three children who lost their home in a fire last Tuesday.

Amy Baugher and her children, ages 5, 13 and 20, were displaced from their home at 1083 Sandy Bottom Road when a fire burned through the second floor of their small home.

April Layman, PTSA president at Elkton Middle School, started a GoFundMe account for the Baugher family.

As of Tuesday morning, $2,005 had been raised – surpassing the initial $2,000 goal posted on the GoFundMe site.

In addition, Baugher’s mother and aunt, Fay and Kay Baugher, are accepting monetary donations at their barber shops.

Fay’s Barber Shop is located at 77 N. Liberty St. in Harrisonburg and Twins Barber Shop is located at 303 W. Spotswood Trail in Elkton.

The home, which is accessed off Beldor Road near Shenandoah National Park, is valued at $52,000, Rockingham County Fire Marshal Jeremy Holloway said.

“It’s going to take significant repair,” he said of the home, which was built in 1936.

Firefighting crews from six local departments and emergency personnel from Merck Pharmaceutical responded to the blaze at 4:50 p.m. Tuesday, Holloway said. It took an hour and a half to put the fire out.

Crews had no trouble reaching the house, but had difficulty accessing the second level.

Holloway said the top two steps were burned out. He said the fire was caused by a loose connection in an electrical socket in a second-floor bedroom.

The gofundme account is https://www.gofundme.com/khdkkjp9.



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