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April 03, 2017 06:03 PM

Community Shows Support For Tragedy In Spearfish

Spearfish, SD

Officials have released the names of the 5 children, ages six to eleven, who died. Two of the girls were sisters. Four of the children lived in Spearfish.  The other is from Sturgis. Forensic medical examinations are still being done to verify their identities. 

Balloons, flowers, and other mementos line the fence in front of what is left of the home destroyed by Saturday morning's deadly fire.

"It was a sleepover, the victims were found in the same bedroom on the second level of the house," Lt. Boyd Dean, Spearfish Police Department said.

People have been stopping by since yesterday, including First Responder Nicholas Pappas, who is showing his support.

"I think when something like this happens everyone is left heartbroken," Nicholas Pappas, said.

Community members are showing their support in other ways, too,  by dropping off clothing and house hold items for the families at Mountain View Baptist Church.

"We're hopefully going to be able to get all of this stuff in one place so families can pick up donations and get what they need very easily," Kristin Bauslanugh, a church member, said.

Through donations aren't the only thing families are in need of.

"We can replace the stuff, we can help with that, but there's a lot more healing, there's things that we can't fix with stuff and I think more than anything else people really need prayer," Bauslanugh said.

"It really has been a great outpouring of support community wide," Dean said.
Several adults and one teenager were also at home during the fire and taken to the hospital. Some have been treated and released. 

There will be a candlelight vigil Tuesday night at the home on Ames Street in Spearfish at 7:00 pm.

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