Community rallies to support Va. Beach family devastated by fire


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) —  The community continues to support a Virginia Beach family of five after they lost everything in a house fire last week.

The fire in the Pentz family’s home on Spartan Street left two of the three children badly burned, 2-year-old Aurora and 5-year-old Jaxson. They are still recovering at a hospital in Boston. 

The third and oldest of the children, 7-year-old Kaira, was released from the hospital a few days before Christmas. 

Neighbors and firefighters were credited for rescuing the family. Officials say their home did not have working smoke alarms. 

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Family friend John Ferguson is an executive chef at the Bunker Brewpub & Cadence Hall. The restaurant hosted a fundraiser for the family on Friday, donating a portion of its sales. 

“Its an opportunity for us to give back to the community and as a business to be able to help those that are local and that are in need,” said Ferguson.

If you couldn’t make it out to restaurant, you make a donation through GoFundMe. 

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