A local church is stepping up to help the family members of those killed in the worst fire in Charleston's history.
The Maranatha Fellowship Church will be accepting donations during a Circle of Hope at 2910 Kanawha Terrace today.
"It'll be set up drive-through style," said church administrator Jay Arn. "It won't take a second to drive up and drop money in the bucket."
Donations will be accepted at the church and at the West Virginia Radio Corp.'s office at 1111 Virginia St. E. from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The money will help defray funeral costs for the families of the nine people who died in the fire at 2 Arlington Ave. on the West Side early Saturday.
"And whatever is left over will be used to buy smoke detectors for whoever needs them," Arn said.
Donations also will be accepted at the 68 City National Bank locations in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky, said Craig Stilwell, executive vice president. Anyone wishing to donate can simply drive through and contribute, he said.
"This is a wonderful thing that Maranatha is doing," Stilwell said.
Bank employees also have been donating to the cause. Donations at the bank will continue until church officials decide to close the account, Arn said.
Arn said the families of the victims would incur a significant cost for funerals.
Killed in the blaze were Alisha Carter-Camp, 26, and her children, Keahana Camp, 8, and Jeremiah Camp, 3. Another son, Bryan Timothy Camp, 7, died later at a Charleston hospital.
Also killed were Carter-Camp's boyfriend, Alex Seal, and his daughters, Kiki and Gigi Seal, both 3.