Children raise $800 for fire victims

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Children of Everturn Lane collect money Monday for David McCardle, who died in a house fire, and his grandfather, who was saved. (Bill Reed/Staff)

Children have raised nearly $800 for David McCardle, who died in a Levittown fire Monday, and his grandfather, who was rescued by a neighbor.

Pamela McGrath, who lives next to the McCardle house on Everturn Lane in Falls Township, said Tuesday that she has established the David McCardle Memorial Fund. The money will be used to make donations in the 29-year-old victim’s name and to help Jack McCardle, 87, who remained in critical condition at Temple University Hospital.

Donations will be made to the Levittown branch of the Bucks County Library, which David McCardle enjoyed visiting, and Levittown Fire Co. No. 1, which responded to the 1:30 a.m. call at the  two-story house.

By the time firefighters arrived, a neighbor had rescued Jack McCardle from the screened-in porch. The stairs to the second-floor were gone, and firefighters used a ladder to find David McCardle in the second-floor bathtub.

Later that morning, neighborhood children started collecting money at an impromptu stand and going door to door. David McCardle would play with them in the summer, they said.   

Donations to the memorial fund can be made at any TD Bank location or mailed to Pamela McGrath at her law firm, Krevitz and Associates, at 3220 Tillman Dr., Suite 201, Bensalem, PA 19020.