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Alleged scammer using fatal fire survivors to make money

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Martha Moore survived the fire and gave birth to a healthy baby girl. Martha Moore survived the fire and gave birth to a healthy baby girl.
LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) -

Someone is apparently trying to make a quick buck off of the survivors of 4th of July fire that killed seven people in Lancaster.

According to family member, Jimmie Brock, someone not approved by the family was soliciting donations door-to-door.

The fire happened around 3 a.m. July 4th at 115 E Clay St. Fire officials say the blaze was caused by a cooking fire. Of the fifteen people who used to live there, seven died including homeowner Jimmie Moore. Eight people are now out of a home.

"I'm dealing with the death of my father. [The survivors are] dealing with double tragedy," said Moore's son, Brock. "[They're] having to deal with the fire and having to deal with the death of my father and knowing that they could've lost their lives too in this fire."

As if that is not enough to worry about, Brock said he got a message from a concerned friend about a scammer allegedly going door to door.

"[He was] mentioning that he was collecting money for us to help support the fire victims," said Brock. "That's untrue. He's not supposed to be doing that he wasn't granted and permission to do any of that."

The Moore family said they would never solicit donations and are warning people not to fall for it.

"Don't take anything from the door. Do not listen to it over the phone either," said Moore.

It will take the family a long time to recover from this devastation, both physically and emotionally. They said the scammer is only prolonging the healing process.

"[That] someone so ignorant would stoop this low to actually do something like that, knowing that this family is hurting enough, and to add more hurt to the family ... I was really upset about it yesterday. I was fuming," he said.

If you would like to donate money to the Moore family, you can stop by any Members 1st Federal Credit Union and donate to the Moore Family Memorial Fund.

To donate to the Kuhns family, stop by any Wells Fargo bank and donate to the Kuhns Babies & Family Memorial Fund.

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