Elizabeth Seltzer: Pennsylvania mom, 33, and her 3 children die after massive fire breaks out at farmhouse
MERCER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA: A horrible farmhouse fire that took place on Thursday late night, September 15, in Mercer County in Pennsylvania led to the tragic death of a mother and three children confirmed Mercer County Coroner John Libonati. The identified victims are Elizabeth Seltzer, 33, and her children: son Jordan, 1, and daughters Ainsley, 3, and Paisley, 6.
A fifth victim has also been discovered and is believed to be the father of the 3 children. However, Libonati declined to release his name until forensic results confirm the identity. The state police are investigating the case and are yet to confirm the cause of the blaze.
According to a report in People, Libonati stated that the team identified the four victims with medical, dental, and x-ray records. Emergency responders recovered one of the children, who was initially reported missing, after digging through the debris. Meanwhile, the State Fire Marshal has not been able to confirm what caused the fire.
A GoFundMe page has been created for Elizabeth and her children's funeral expenses. The campaign note stated, "Liz Seltzer was an amazing human being who loved with her whole heart, and thought nothing of dropping everything she was doing to help her family when they needed her, even when they didn’t know they needed her."
Further, it added, "Thursday night she and her three beautiful children, Paisley, Ainsley, and Jordan were taken from us in a horrible house fire. We need help with covering the cost of the four funerals and we would love to be able to get the gravestone as well for them. Any help that can be given would be greatly appreciated by the whole family." The campaign which aimed at $36,000 has now reached a goal of $37,600.
Meanwhile, the organizer of the campaign, Rebekah Liese, sister of Elizabeth, added to the note on Wednesday, September 21, " I just want to reach out and thank everyone again from the bottom of my heart, we were trying to raise enough money to cover the cost of the 4 stones, the materials to build a memorial and to have the celebration of life to honor these 4 wonderful people."
She then said, "After meeting with the funeral home yesterday, and talking to the place we will be getting the stones from, we have everything we need and I am so far beyond grateful for all of you, and for all you have done for our family."
The response concluded, "The tears flow because I just can't express properly how grateful we truly are. Thank you all again for being who you are, and for giving how you did, and for how you have helped my family with what has been the hardest thing I could ever imagine."