New Castle News


February 14, 2014

Fund set up for victims of fire

NEW CASTLE — A bank account has been established to help the Neshannock Township family whose house burned Wednesday morning.

Donations may be made at ESB Bank to help the family of Jennifer Bees and her children, James Cross, 16, Jessica McAllister, 11, and Jolene Bees, 6, of 1245 Kings Chapel Road.

James remains in Pittsburgh’s Mercy Hospital in critical condition with smoke inhalation. His mother was treated at Jameson Hospital and released after sustaining cuts to her feet while trying to rescue him from his bedroom. He was assisted by a Neshannock Township police officer and a passer-by.

Neshannock Township police and fire department personnel said the family lost their house and all their belongings in the morning blaze.

Pennsylvania state police fire marshal Luke Nelson said the severe weather conditions have prevented him from completing his investigation of the fire, which caused the roof of the house to collapse.

Nelson theorizes a power strip/surge protector in the living room night have been responsible for the fire. He said it could be next week before he gains access to the building ruins.

Officers said the bank account was established after members of the community called the police and school district to ask how they could help the family.

Monetary donations can be made to NTSD: Bees Disaster Fund. Donations are being accepted at any ESB Bank location.

More information is available by contacting Alexis Anderson, elementary guidance counselor, at (724) 652-8709 or Lt. John Rand at the Neshannock Township police department at (724) 656-9300.

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