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Hartsville community aids family of 9 who lost home and toddler child in fire

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Many people in Hartsville have come together to support a family of nine who lost one of their children in a weekend fire.

Firefighters were called to the home on Old Hickory Rd., in the Botany Woods Subdivision, at about 1:30 p.m. Saturday, after receiving reports of a fire. When they arrived on scene, one female child was unaccounted for. The child, according to officials, was found unresponsive after the fire was extinguished. 

The family of nine who lived in the two-story home, included parents Roger and Heather Carbaugh and their seven children.

Family friends say there was an explosion in the garage area of the home when the fire began, and though the parents were able to find and rescue six of their children, they were not able to locate their 18-month-old daughter Gabriella "Ella" Faith Carbaugh, in time to save her life.

Since the incident took place, members of the Carbaughs' extended family at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Hartsville, have worked to gather items to assist the family in need.

"This is a family who is very, very strong in their faith," said close family friend and Emmanuel Baptist Church Deacon, Jon Atkinson.

"(Church members) are just saying, what can I do...they're giving monetary donations, they're donating clothing, they're donating toys, they're helping bathe their kids and take them where they need to go and just really lifting this family up and supporting them right now," Atkinson continued.

"My heart just went out to the family...losing a child is horrible...but this family lost everything and a child...the whole church has been praying for them," said fellow church member, Sandra Pope.

Church members have provided the family with temporary housing, the offer for a permanent, fully-furnished home and basic necessities like clothing and food.

Church officials say the family is now in need of monetary donations to help them get through the next several months and to help them begin their lives once again.


The Hartsville Fire Department, Darlington Fire District, Pine Ridge Fire Department, Darlington Fire Department and Palmetto Rural Fire Department responded.

The fire is currently under investigation by the Darlington County Sheriff's Office, Darlington County Coroner's Office, Hartsville Fire Department and SLED.

Monetary donations to the family can be dropped off with officials at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Hartsville, at 949 N. Marquis Hwy. or for more information, call the church at (843) 332-2271.

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