ELKINS, W.Va. – The city of Elkins established the Chamberlain Family Memorial Fund to remember the victims of this week’s devastating fire that resulted in deaths of four children and their father.
A fire that started on the porch of the Chamberlains’ Central Street home early Monday morning spread into the living room, entrapping the family.
Jennifer Chamberlain, 34 and her brother, Jeff Hyre, are the only survivors and remain in critical condition at the West Penn Burn Center in Pittsburgh. Jennifer’s husband, Alan Chamberlain, 29, died at West Penn Wednesday. Their children—Katie Bolger, 11, Isabella Chamberlain, 4 and 2-year-old twins Brienna and Alanna—died from smoke inhalation.
Elkins Mayor Van Broughton set up a local bank account to benefit the Chamberlain family Wednesday morning.
“The children did not have life insurance and with the medical expenses I decided to open up an account to help offset the funeral expenses and the medical expenses,” said Broughton.
The memorial fund has been set up at Citizens Bank of West Virginia.
“We do have a nice little chunk of money in there right now. However, it’s going to take quite a bit of money. We are off to a good start,” the mayor said.
The city scheduled a candlelight vigil for Monday at 7 p.m. at the depot in Elkins Town Square.
Broughton said the entire town has been hit hard by this tragedy.
“They have come together and they have shown their support and their love for the Chamberlain family,” said Broughton. “It’s unbelievable.”
The mayor expects at least 1,000 people at Monday’s vigil.
If you’d like to make a contribution to the Chamberlain Family Memorial Fund, you can drop off donations at the bank or mail them to Chamberlain Family Memorial Fund, c/o Citizens Bank of WV, P.O. Box 1519, Elkins, WV 26241.