UPDATE: Fundraising goal has been reached for burn victim

Local - 2/2/2014 5:50 PM by Rebecca Turco
(Picture Courtesy: Candi Rose)


FAYETTEVILLE - The fundraiser's goal was reached Friday, but the family is still accepting donations to help Nancy and Walt Knupp.

Candi Rose, their niece, said people have also been asking where to send cards of encouragement. She said Bill McClung, her father and Nancy's brother, will be collecting them and delivering them personally to Nancy. His address is: 158 4th Street, Fayetteville, WV 25840.


ORIGINAL: 1/31/14, 4:47 p.m.

(Picture Courtesy: Candi Rose)

FAYETTEVILLE - Donations are being accepted to help a local woman in critical but stable condition from severe burns after her house caught on fire. 

Relatives of couple Nancy and Walt Knupp started an online fundraiser. Nancy received burns to 35 to 40 percent of her body, according to her brother, Bill McClung. Her face, hands and arms were the most severely burned. Walt received burns to his face, arms and hands, but they were not serious. 

Nancy is in critical care for her burns at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville. McClung said her condition has improved. 

The fire happened Tuesday evening at the Knupp's house on High Street in Fayetteville. McClung said the Knupp's had an aviary attached to their house with animals including turtles, snakes and around 150 exotic birds. It is unknown at this time how many of these pets escaped. 
Knupp's also lost a dog to the fire, according to McClung. Another of their dogs was found but their third is missing. 

McClung said he is grateful to the first responders and the community for their help. "We are just overwhelmed with the outpouring of support that we're seeing," he said. "People [are] reaching out from all areas."

"We are blessed to have witnessed an incredible coming together of our community to uplift, encourage, and support our family," said niece Beth Keith. "Nancy is still facing a long road to recovery, but we come from a strong and determined family heritage; we know she will get through this." The fundraiser has collected more than $3,400 and family members hope to collect at least $5,000.

Relatives asked for the community's thoughts and prayers during this difficult time, and expressed their condolences to other fire victims. "Our prayers are with everyone impacted by these events and it is our wish that they would receive the same support that has been carrying us through the past few days," Keith said.

To donate to the cause, click here.


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