Folks near East Durham are in mourning after a fire there took the lives of five, and left a father in intensive care this week. Nicholas Mammano; his wife, Mary; and three of their grandchildren, all under the age of 12, died in the April 2 fire on Route 145 in East Durham. The children's father, John Mammano, is in critical condition at the Clark Burn Center in Syracuse. In one day, a GoFundMe page
for Mammano raised $15,056 of a $20,000 goal, with donations from 268 people. Local websites are full of other fundraisers for Mammano such as East Durham road signs for sale
, and burn victim awareness bracelets for donations
. The Cairo-Durham school district
is organizing a forum for parents and Superintendent Anthony Taibi sent out this message: "It is a difficult time for all, especially the Mammano family, and it may be particularly difficult for children to process and cope with losing their classmates in this heartbreaking tragedy. We want you to know that counselors will be at the elementary school from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for the rest of the week, and after 12 p.m. as needed by calling the elementary school at 518-622-3231. We also plan to hold an informational forum for parents at 6 p.m. Thu., April 5, at Cairo-Durham Elementary School. This event is for parents/guardians and childcare will be provided. The purpose of this event is to inform you about resources that are available to you and your children, as well as services available through the district and outside agencies to help support our school community during this difficult time."