Donations needed to help surviving family from last week’s fatal fire

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By Joshua Shepherd

Friends and family members of Patricia Kearns, who was killed in a tragic house fire last week, have established a memorial fund to help her family who was made homeless by the fire.
Kearns was the only fatality in a house fire that occurred at 1273 Hick Hardy Road on  the border between Nicholas and Harrison counties.
Not only did the fire claim Kearns’ life, it also left her husband, daughter Hannah Callahan, son-in-law and two grandsons homeless. The home was a complete loss.
Amy Fitzwater, sister to the late Kearns, is one of the people who created the Kearns Family Fire Fund in reaction to the unanticipated tragedy.
“The family had property insurance, but it will only pay about half of the family’s debt,” Fitzwater said. The family was trying to achieve home ownership through a land contract, she added.
The family can use anything at the moment. Clothing, furniture, goods and other services, if possible.
“Right now the family is living from place to place while they sort out details,” Fitzwater said.
Monetary donations to the fund can be made at any branch of Kentucky Bank. Be sure that checks are made out to the Kearns Family Fire Fund, she said.
Other donations are welcome as well. Contact Hannah Callahan, the late Kearns’ daughter, at 859-298-9577. Donors may also contact Fitzwater at 859-953-1757.