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GoFundMe to help Sussex County family who lost home and daughter in Friday fire

FRANKLIN BOROUGH, NJ (Sussex County) – A 13-year-old Franklin girl is dead, after her family’s home caught fire Friday, and now a GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family.

It happened on Friday night shortly after 10:00 p.m. at a residence on Nestor street. After extinguishing the fire, the body of a deceased juvenile was located in the home, police said.

“There is no current or ongoing hazard at the location; however, the incident is under investigation, and residents in the area of Nestor Street can expect a continued police presence at this time,” police said.

According to a GoFundMe page created Saturday by Victoria Caravaggio, who said she is the fiancée of Davenport’s uncle, Heaven Davenport was killed in the blaze.

“They were sleeping and their house caught on fire and bursted into flames and costed them to lose everything and anything anyone could possibly lose. The most terrifying and heartbreaking part of all of this is that fire costed them to lose their loving beloved 13 year old daughter Heaven Davenport and their son Matthew’s dog,” Caravaggio said in the post.

“This is such a horrible time for this family and no parent should ever have to feel the pain they are going through. This family doesn’t ask for much and the only thing they want in this world at this time is to bring their baby back. This was just a horrifying tragedy to all of them. Heaven was such a funny beautiful girl who had a whole life to live and was constantly surrounded by all her siblings and her loving big family,” Caravaggio wrote.

“We all love this family so very much and I’m just asking if anyone could please donate anything to help give this family money to not only provide a beautiful deserving funeral for that beautiful Angel but to also help get them back on their feet. Their house, cars, clothes, everything they ever owned is gone,” Caravaggio said.

The GoFundMe has set a goal of $50,000 for the Davenport family. As of Sunday morning, it has raised nearly $29,000. If you would like to donate to help out the family, click here.

Fire departments from Franklin, Hardyston, and Hamburg, along with the Hardyston Police Department, Wallkill Valley First Aid Squad, and St. Clare’s BLS/ALS services, also responded to the scene, police said.

“The Franklin Police Department joins the EMS, Fire Services, and the community in expressing their sincerest condolences to the family and request that their privacy is respected during their time of loss and hardship. Please avoid this area if possible,” police said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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