Friend starts fundraiser for victim of York City house fire
A GoFundMe campaign has been started to support a victim of a York City fire that caused an estimated $185,000 in damage to two homes.
Tracey Richburg started the fundraiser for her friend Lisa Horn, who was rescued from the Monday morning blaze in York City.
"(Horn is) always there to help other people, and when I heard about the fire Monday morning I knew I had to take action," Richburg said. "After losing your home you need that support."
An overloaded electrical circuit caused the fire at two homes in the 200 block of Roosevelt Avenue. Horn, a man and a dog were rescued by firefighters.
Horn, 49, was flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital as a precaution related to respiratory burns but is in stable condition, according to York City Fire Chief Chad Deardorff.
Richburg, who grew up in East Manchester Township, attended Northeastern High School with Horn, who lived in Mount Wolf.
The two became close friends while at school.
With the help of fellow classmates, friends and family, Richburg had raised $4,075 as of 2:30 p.m. Thursday toward a goal of $6,000.
The funds will be distributed to Horn's daughter, Dejya Cordora.
"It's been an overwhelming response," Richburg said. "I'm just proud of everyone who came together."
Though Richburg now lives in Savannah, Georgia, she said she wanted to do what she could despite being hundreds of miles away.
Individuals interested in donating to the GoFundMe campaign can visit www.gofundme.com/f/guwnmm-help-for-a-dear-friend-in-need.
"(Horn) is always the one to give words of encouragement," Richburg said. "She's an upbeat person, and I want to make sure she gets all the support she would give to somebody else."
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