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Deadly fire raises questions, grieving family raises $20k

Kate, 15, and Owen, 16, survived the Centerville house fire that killed their dad, and incarcerated their mom/Submitted photo

The family of two Centerville teens, who just lost everything in a deadly house fire this month, is asking for your help.

The May 5 house fire on South Park Avenue killed Kate and Owen's dad, 50-year-old Timothy Pasa and incarcerated their mom, 45-year-old Barbara Pasa.

Kate, 15, and Owen, 16, survived. Their cousin, Kelsey Pasa said both siblings were at sporting events when the fire broke out.

“We were so shocked … we still are shocked,” Pasa said. “You hear about this stuff on TV never thinking that it could never relate to you.”

Saturday, Pasa started a fundraiser on her cousins’ behalf.

“The kids lost a lot of their stuff from smoke damage in the fire,” she said. “We were like, ‘How are we going to pay for this?’ This is expensive stuff.”

The family set a $5,000 goal. In less than a week, they quadrupled their goal. By Friday morning, the family collected nearly $20,000 from people in and out of state.

“I can’t even believe it,” Pasa said. “People are amazing. They’ve been reaching out, not only from Iowa, but I’ve had a lady reach out to me from Vermont and she had no idea who I was or either of these kiddos.”

Pasa couldn't talk in much detail about the case. She did say her family still has questions about what happened that day.

“There’s still a lot of things no one knows," she said.


Pasa said there are three ways to donate...

Two online options:

GoFundMe: Kate and Owen Campaign

Facebook: Kate and Owen Campaign

OR

Checks can be mailed to:

Kate and Owen Pasa Fund

c/o Community 1st Credit Union

999 N. 18th St.

Centerville, Iowa

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