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Update – Russell family that lost everything in house fire

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Update about the Russell family loosing everything in house fire

HILLSDALE, MO/January 9, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Last week the Darryl Russell family brought their daughter and new grandson home from the hospital thinking life was good.  Holidays were great, new grand child, everybody safe and happy.

However, while thinking that, only a few minutes later Russell looks up to see a fire covering the downstairs while the family was upstairs.  Thinking of the others, he rushed upstairs to wake everybody up and get them out, but the staircase became covered in flames before he could get them out.

The first person to be removed had to be the newborn grandson.  Any adults worse thoughts and fears were facing Russell.  The only way out was out a window on the second floor.  Russell dropped the new 2 day old grandson out the window into the trusted arms of a neighbor.  After the grandson, Russell had to remove the rest of the family, 9 in total before removing himself.

While it was a terrible experience, the outcome that could have been even more tragic.  Everybody was removed safely with only a few bruises and smoke inhalation.  All spent a couple of days in the hospital and have been released.

However, the worse is yet to face the family.  They have nothing.  Everything was lost in the fire.

Employer, Bob Candice of Candicci’s Restaurant in Ballwin, MO rushed to create a GoFundMe page and make arrangements for a short stay at the Drury Inn on Olive and 270.

Additionally, there is a Dine Out scheduled for next Monday, January 16th at Candicci’s and a portion of the sales will be given to the family.

More than $3,600 has been raised and numerous cloths and household items have been donated.  More is needed.  We encourage everybody to help at whatever level they can.  Situations like this needs to be a community event.  One person, one family cannot rebuild from such a loss without some public assistance.

Bob Candice feels dedicated to help a loyal employee of 36 years.  “You can’t find that kind of dedication anymore, you just can’t”, say Candice.

Contact information:

Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar

100 Holloway Rd

Ballwin, MO 63011

Phone: (636) 220-8989

Email: candiccis@gmail.com

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Hillsdale house fire – cook at Candicci’s Restaurant suffers critical loss

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Family Loses Everything in Hillsdale House Fire

HILLSDALE, MO/January 5, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) The St. Louis County Bomb and Arson Squad are investigating a late night house fire in Hillsdale that injured three children.

Firefighters were called to the blazing home in the 6500 block of Jesse Jackson Avenue, just off of Lucas and Hunt Wednesday at 9:45 pm.  It is believed that the fire started on the back porch.  All 9 people in the home were able to get to safety but the 3 children, one being only 2-days old, sustained minor smoke inhalation.

Fire Capt. David Mitchell, of the Mid-County Fire Protection District, was on the scene and said that one of the children smelled gasoline at the back door and notified an adult.  When they opened the back door, apparently flames burst through the doorway.

The home was completely destroyed and the family lost everything.  The head of the household, Darrell Russell, is a long time employee of Candicci’s Italian Restaurant & Bar in Ballwin.  Candicci’s will holding future fundraisers and a GoFundMe account has already been set up to help the family get back on their feet.

At this time, there is no word on what may have possibly caused the fire.  For additional information, contact Candicci’s Restaurant & Bar in Ballwin at 636-220-8989.

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