One dead after Jim Thorpe house fire, community comes together to help the family

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JIM THORPE, CARBON COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Over the weekend, a Jim Thorpe woman died in a fire. Now that tragedy has the community banding together to honor her and support her husband.

A fundraiser is being held at Stone Row Pub & Eatery Wednesday night for the family. 54-year-old Lynn Highland died in a house fire over the weekend. Her husband, a Jim Thorpe councilman, Thomas Highland was severely injured in the fire.

The fire happened Sunday morning at 405 Center Avenue.

Multiple crews battled the blaze. Firefighters made two attempts to save Lynn who was trapped inside, but due to the intensity of the flames they had to pull crews out.

Officials say Thomas Highland was severely injured in the fire and was taken to a hospital where he’s in critical condition.

Their dog also died in the fire.

A state police fire marshal is investigating the cause.

As the community mourns the loss of Lynn, businesses are stepping up to help the Highland family. Starting with a fundraising event Wednesday at Stone Row Pub and Eatery.

“The reason we are having this we support them we want to raise money to support the family, but also about five years ago we had a fire here at the restaurant. And the community rallied including Lynn and Tommy to support my stuff for the five weeks we were open, and it’s my way of giving back as much as I can,” said Margaret White, owner and chef, Stone Row Pub & Eatery.

“For the Highland family, what we are doing for the month of June, we are going to be donating 10% of all our sales. And in addition, we currently have a donation bucket on the counter for people to stop by and put money in, and all of it will go to the Highland family at the end of the month,” said Chris Bradley, co-owner of 3 Kids Market.

3 Kids Market owners tell us that this outpouring of support is typical for the borough.

The fundraiser goes until 10 p.m. Wednesday.

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