Franklin Co. Sheriff’s Office collecting donations for family who lost 2 girls in mobile home fire

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The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed two children died in a house fire overnight Friday.
Published: Jan. 21, 2022 at 11:04 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 21, 2022 at 7:05 PM EST
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EASTPOINT, Fla. (WCTV) - The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed two children died in a mobile home fire overnight Friday.

Authorities said it happened around 1 a.m. at a home in Eastpoint, on Wilderness Road, the same street where flames claimed dozens of homes three and a half years ago.

Multiple agencies responded to the initial call, including the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, the Carrabelle Police Department and the Apalachicola Police Department. First responders made it to the scene within minutes of receiving the call; unfortunately, they didn’t make it in time to save the children who died.

Officials believe the fire was caused by a heating lamp the family was using to keep a litter of puppies warm. FCSO says the puppies also died in the fire.

A neighbor told WCTV two girls were killed in the fire. The parents and two other kids survived the fire.

Sheriff A.J. Smith says the two were beloved at Franklin County School.

“It just brings back bad memories, and this is even worse because two young children lost their lives, two children well known in the community, went to school here,” Smith says.

A classmate says everyone started crying Friday when they heard the news.

Smith says fire safety is crucial during the winter.

“You know wintertime, that’s when a lot of these fires occur,” Smith says. “We encourage people to be careful, with your fireplaces, or you’re doing something with bright lights, stuff that’s combustible. Be very careful.”

The sheriff’s office has already set up a charity fund dedicated to the family. Reach out to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office if you want to donate money or supplies. You can make donations at this link.

FCSO also shared the following information regarding donations with WCTV:

A check can also be mailed to 270 State Road 65, Eastpoint, FL 32328, please make sure it is noted for the Cooper Family. Centennial Bank has an account set up and donations can be made to the Cooper Family.

There will be a yard sale at Emerald Coast Credit Union on Saturday, Jan. 29 at their location, 268 Highway 98 Eastpoint, proceeds will go to the family.

Starting Monday, clothing donations can be dropped off at FCSO. Clothing donations needed in the following sizes: Boys: 9/10 pants & shirts, 14/16 pants & shirts Mens: 36/38 pants, 2XL shirts Women’s: size 5 pants, M shirts Shoes: Boys 5, mens 10.5, mens 11, womens 8

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