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Support for Long Neck House Fire Victims Continues

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Flowers left at the Long Neck house Flowers left at the Long Neck house

LONG NECK, Del. - The Sussex County community gives support to those affected by the Long Neck house fire, including the families and volunteer firefighters who responded to the scene. 

Albert Apicella is a close family friend of the family affected by the fire. He organized the Go Fund Me page to cover the funeral costs. Over 200 donors have given over $14,000. 

Rehoboth restaurant owners Kate Wall and Sean Pusateri want to provide catered food for the families of Skylar, Veronica and Amaya.

"The way I was raised is when families are in need, everyone gathers together and everyone brings food. The last thing they need to worry about is feeding themselves," said Wall. 

Wall and Pusateri lived in California for several decades and said they can understand what the family is going through. 

"We've seen what fires can do to families and entire communities. And we know exactly how it feels, even though it hasn't happened to us, we understand the needs of the people who are victims to these kinds of things. And we want to reach out and lend a helping hand," said Pusateri. 

First responders from the Indian River Volunteer Fire Company also have been affected by the tragedy. President of the Indian River Volunteer Fire Company Patrick Miller has served for 25 years and explains that incidents like these are difficult to face.

"When you have an unfortunate incident where there's a fatality, yes, you do mitigate that situation but you never forget," said Miller. "You never forget, sometimes those feelings subside or they go away. Other instances, maybe years, maybe months, maybe days later, they come back."

The Indian River Volunteer Fire Company offers counseling for first responders who are dealing with trauma. 

Currently, a cause of fire has not been released but Fire Marshal Michael Chionchio said they expect to announce the cause sometime next week.  

 

 

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