A fund established to help a Richland County family dealing with the loss of two small children has exceeded expectations.
When the GoFundMe page was established on Thursday — a day after Breann Bennett lost her two children, Jamarion, 5, and Reghin, 18 months, in a fatal apartment fire in Irmo — the goal was to raise $10,000 to cover funerals for the children and other expenses for the family.
As of Friday night, that fund has grown to more than $14,000 — and it's still going. Follow the progress or donate yourself at the www.gofundme.com/breanangels.
Fire officials said the fire started as an electrical failure and ignited a Christmas tree. The children's father and firefighters were unable to get to the children, who were sleeping on the second floor when the fire started, in time.
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Services for Jamarion and Reghin will be held at Bible Way, 2440 Atlas Road, Columbia, at 2 p.m. Sunday.
A second fund established to help three other families with children at nearby Seven Oaks Elementary School who were impacted by the fire has raised more than $4,000. You can find more information about that fund at www.gofundme.com/Stuky0.