Lynchburg man collects food, clothes for Campbell County family displaced by fire

Fire officials say fire was accidental, cause remains under investigation


CAMPBELL COUNTY, Va. – A fire has displaced a Campbell County family of six. They say they lost everything in their mobile home, including their family dog. Miranda Desmond said smoke woke her out of her sleep when she realized she couldn't breathe. She says the fire started in their living room, and the whole house was in flames. 

Fire officials say they were called to Plum Branch Road in the Rustburg area around 10 a.m. Monday. 

Desmond tells us she stayed with her 27-year-old sister, who's paralyzed and bed ridden, until their dad came back to get them.

“I was trying to figure out ways to get my sister out, but I was trying to think really fast. But then I saw him come back in there. If she wasn't able to get out their house I wouldn't have left her. She's my best friend,” Desmond said.

While 10 News Reporter Magdala Louissaint was at the home, a man interested in helping asked her to put him in touch with the family. WSLS did not tell Desmond what plans Christopher Hall had for her.

Within two hours, Hall, his church friends and family made several calls around town. They surprised the 17-year-old with food donated from McDonald’s, with gift cards for the rest of the week and a bag full of clothes for her family. 

“God was working in this. It was a miracle, and it’s still a miracle that this manager at McDonalds helped this family out. I'm hoping through this interview that more people will see this tragedy and get in touch with this family and say, ‘Hey, we wanna help out,’” Hall said.

Hall is working to get grocery stores in the area on board to donate food to the family as well.

Fire officials say the fire was accidental and the cause remains under investigation.

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