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Community Rallies Together for Family Who Lost Home in Brooke County Explosion

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Just a few days after a family lost everything in a house explosion, the community is stepping up to help the family start over.

"This is very difficult, especially the age of the one victim and just the explosion and the magnitude in itself. Sometimes the first responders become overwhelmed," says Brooke County EMA Director Bob Fowler.

Fowler says that they have provided a minister and a counseling group to those first responders still seeking guidance after the tragedy that took place Friday morning.

Brooke County Superintendent Dr. Kathy Kidder Wilkerson is making sure the children are okay and said that seven counselors will be on hand Tuesday at Follansbee Middle School.

They also have region wide counselors available and retired teachers on stand by if necessary.

She adds that there will be a safety assembly on Friday to address concerns students may have for this type of accident.

"It could happen to any of us. It's one of those things where they went to bed at night then the next morning their whole life is turned around," says John Clancey, owner of Stuff With Attitude in Follansbee.

Now businesses and organizations all around Brooke County and the Ohio Valley are doing what they can to raise money for the Mozingo Family.

"This is our way of helping and the community comes together for something like this. It shows the Ohio Valley family," says Clancey.

Clancey is now selling shirts for $10 and 100% of the proceeds go directly to the family.

Just down the street, Vito's 2 is serving up a spaghetti dinner October 27th for $10 as well to benefit the family.

Businesses in Brooke County aren't only helping the family, they also helped the first responders on the scene that day.

Fowler says McDonald's and Reisbeck's in Follansbee both donated food and drink to all the different agencies that responded.

Fowler adds that Yost Excavating also dropped everything to be there to pull the family out of the rubble

"None of these vendors ever bill us or send any type of invoice in most cases. So they're actually donating their money, their time, and their employees. I think the county has really come together in this crisis," says Fowler.