In yet another heartbreaking turn of events following a recent fire at an apartment complex in Maple Shade, a second child has reportedly died as a result of the blaze.
7-year-old Hope Marles has been in a hospital since May 7th fighting for her life after her family's unit at Fox Meadow Apartments went up in flames.
Barely two weeks later, the little girl has succumbed to her injuries.
Her older brother A.J., 12, died the night of the fire. Their children's mother Shannon, 35, remains hospitalized but is reported to be in stable condition, according to 6abc.com, her world now turned upside down with the loss of both of her children.
Six people were hurt by the blaze and 22 families were displaced.
Maple Shade Business Association has established a fundraiser for the family at a local branch of Columbia Bank in the Marles family name where people are able to donate, 6abc.com reports.
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Anyone wishing to donate can visit the bank in person on E. Main Street in Maple Shade.
Contributions can also be mailed to:
c/o Columbia Bank
253 E. Main Street, Maple Shade, NJ 08052
It's so hard to look at The Marles children's adorable faces and think they're gone forever. It's an unimaginable tragedy no family should have to face. A.J. and Hope were so young and with their whole lives ahead of them. Our thoughts remain with Shannon and their family at this heartbreaking time.
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