Never let it be said that Delco fails to respond in a time of need.
And nowhere is that more true than in Ridley Township.
Yesterday we brought you the heartbreak of a home destroyed by fire on Seventh Avenue in the Milmont Park section of the township.
Luckily, no members of the Toland family were seriously injured, but they were not able to save their rescue dog of 10 years.
The family lost everything in the blaze after being forced out of their home in the early-morning fire in their pajamas.
That's when the Ridley community rallied behind a family in need.
A GoFundMe account was set up to help the Tolands and in a little more than 24 hours raised more than $11,500 to get the Toland family back on their feet. The original goal was $10,000.
To view the GoFundMe, or to make a contribution, click here.
Firefighters were called to a single-family dwelling in the 300 block of Seventh Avenue in the Milmont Park section of the township just before 8 a.m. Tuesday.
Fire Marshal Bob Griffith said two people inside were taken to the hospital for observation and smoke inhalation.
Griffith said the cause of the fire was accidental. An electrical outlet faulted below a small ornamental Christmas tree on the front window bay. The homeowner found the fire and attempted too put it out with water. However they were unsuccessful; plastic blinds ignited behind the ornament and the fire extended from there.
The streets throughout the area were blocked as firefighters from as far as Aston stretched large hose lines to control the blaze.
A front bedroom suffered the worst damage, with flames eating away at the ceiling and roof. Firefighters covered in insulation could be seen pulling down sections of ceiling to reach hidden flames in the attic.
Smoke from the fire floated over much of the area and residents reported seeing flames from as far away as Ridley High School, blocks away.
At one point firefighters withdrew from the home and used a ladder pipe to attack the flames before they went back inside with hand lines.
The family is staying with relatives in the Holmes area as they begin the process of rebuilding and dealing with insurance issues.