UPDATE: Benefit for Chattooga Co. fire victims held Saturday
The goal is to raise money to help a local family that lost six members, four of them children, to a mobile home fire over the weekend.
UPDATE: A northwest Georgia community is coming together to help a local family that lost six of its own to a fire Sunday.
The benefit was held Saturday at Trion Park at Central Avenue and Simmons Street.
The goal was to raise money to help the victim's family, which was accomplished with about $6,000 donated.
A variety of food and fun activities were provided. Local singers and firefighters also performed live Gospel music.
Trion residents like Misty Clements, said she's are proud of her community's effort.
"I'm just overjoyed for the love that this community has; this little town. We're not a big town, but I believe we're a big town with a big heart," Clements said. "Most of us work right here at Mount Vernon Mills, the firefighters, we're all right here and we're just one big family."
Trion Assistant Fire Chief, Mickey Floyd said he's also proud and overwhelmed with how much the community has helped out.
"It's just a strong showing on our community, and the business in this community have really stepped in," Floyd said.
The support has also been a big help to crews who helped put out the deadly blaze.
"We've come along pretty good," said Trion Fire Captain Justin Low. "We've been lifted up just as well as we're trying to lift the family up, but it's still real heavy on our hearts. It's the most tragic fire that we've seen here."
Clements said she hopes some good comes soon.
"I just pray that everyone can see the love of Christ here today and the friendship and the family and the pulling together that whenever we pull together that anything is possible."
Trion firefighters are also urging people to check their smoke detectors. If you don't have one, firefighters will install provide and install one in your home for free. Firefighters tell Channel 3 all you have to do is call any of the fire departments in the area.
PREVIOUS STORY: Funeral arrangements have been set for the Chattooga County family that died in a mobile home fire.
A family member tells Channel 3 that arrangements have been made for Saturday, Oct. 29th at Ridgeway Baptist Church.
The funeral will be at 4:00 p.m., and the burial ceremony will take place at the Ridgeway Baptist Cemetery.