A man and his son lost their home but escaped injury when their house burned down in Warrington Township, according to a local minister whose church is helping the family.

"They pretty much lost just about everything in the fire," said Pastor Joe Durika of NewCreation Brethren In Christ Church in Dillsburg.

Firefighters were called to the home on Old York Road shortly before 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, according to dispatch logs.

The father and 8-year-old boy are now staying nearby with a family member, Durika said.

The boy also likely lost all the photos and other mementos he had of his mother, who died several years ago, according to the pastor.

"Obviously those aren't things we can replace," Durika said of photos and mementos.

But NewCreation BIC is hoping to help the struggling family with other material needs, including clothing and monetary assistance, he said.

"A lot of people mentioned wanting to help," Durika said, including NewCreation parishioners, so the church will be collecting donations on the family's behalf.

Gift cards, cash, boys' youth clothing sizes 10-12 or 14-16 and men's large to extra-large clothing donations can be dropped off at the church, located at 15 E. Church St., behind the Dillsburg Post Office.

For information, email, or message Durika on his Facebook page.

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Information about the fire could not be obtained Friday, Sept. 29, because Wellsville Fire Chief Larry Anderson could not be reached for comment.

Durika said the family is "very grateful to everyone who is reaching out," and trying to get back on their feet.

"We're praying for their peace," he said.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.

Editor's note: To see more photos of the fire, visit photographer Curt Werner's Facebook page.



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