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Plainfield community rallies to help family after 6-year-old dies

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Bella Lawyea and her 18-month-old brother. (WFSB/GoFundMe photo) Bella Lawyea and her 18-month-old brother. (WFSB/GoFundMe photo)
Bella Lawyea and her 18-month-old brother. (GoFundMe photo) Bella Lawyea and her 18-month-old brother. (GoFundMe photo)
A memorial has been set up outside the Plainfield home. (WFSB) A memorial has been set up outside the Plainfield home. (WFSB)
PLAINFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

A mother remains critical condition after being pulled from a house fire in Plainfield on Wednesday night where her 6-year-old girl died. 

While investigators continue to look into the cause of a fire that killed the young girl in Plainfield, community members are coming together to support her family.

Town officials said the Lawyea family had been in the home for just a few months when the fire erupted around 10 p.m.  

While firefighters were able to rescue everyone else in the home, 6-year-old Bella died inside the living room.

Jeannette Lawyea, however, remains in critical condition with burns over the majority of her body, according to the community. Since she's been unconscious, she has not yet learned of her daughter's death.

"I think when something happens to our own people rally around that," Lawyea's co-worker Cindy Donahey said. "That's all we can ask for right now."

Her employer started a GoFundMe page in hopes of covering funeral expenses and medical care. It can be reached here.

"They need everything," Donahey said. "They lost everything the co-workers here so far have gone out and purchased clothing and diapers."

Donahey said she works with Lawyea at Eyecare Northeast in Putnam. Donahey got a condition update on Friday morning from Jeannette's partner Tony Patterson, who was visiting a neighbor when the fire broke out. 

"He said she was still stable, she doesn't know about Bella at this point she is sedated and stable," Donahey said. "That's all we can ask for right now."

The page has been shared more than 1,000 times and has raised more than $4,000.

According to the GoFundMe page, the little girl turned six this past Monday and Saturday was to be her birthday party. Altones in Jewett City has scheduled a fundraiser on Oct. 16 for the family.

"We gave them some cash to get them started for necessities that they need right now," Donahey said.

The Town of Plainfield also set up a donation fund. It generated $500 in donations as of Friday afternoon.

Checks can be sent to:

Town of Plainfield
Fire victims Fund
Plainfield Town Hall
8 Community Ave.
Plainfield, CT 06374

The savings bank in town was also said to be collecting clothing.

The home in which the fire occurred was a Habitat for Humanity home that had just been built.

Investigators are still looking to determine the cause

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