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Counselors Help Vance Co. Students with Grief

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TOWNSVILLE — Counselors were on hand Tuesday in VanceCounty to help students deal with the loss of two of their classmates.

Two young girls died Monday in a house fire in Townsville. Fireinvestigators say Oliver Darden and her cousin Susie Ann Alston, starteddown the stairs to safety, then went back upstairs to get their shoes andwere trapped by the smoke and flames. Three other family members wereinjured.

One is still in serious condition at the UNC Burn Center.

A Memorial Fund has been set up for the Alston and Darden Families withCentura Bank. Donations can be sent to the Alston and Darden FamilyMemorial Fund, c/o New Hope Elementary School, 10199 NC Hwy. 39, NorthHenderson, NC, 27536. Checks should be payable to Alston and DardenMemorial Fund.

The school will also be accepting any clothing or food donated. Alldonations can be dropped off at the New Hope Elementary at the aboveaddress during normal school operation hours.