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Credit union steps up to help family of B.C. motorhome fire victims

Motorhome where two children, aged four and five, died shortly after being pulled from the burning vehicle is shown in this RCMP handout photo taken Thursday Oct. 13, 2011 in Lytton, B.C.


A credit union in B.C.'s southern interior is helping the family of one of its longest-serving employees cope with a tragedy.

Valley First Credit Union is now matching donations to the Armstrong family that lost two children in a motorhome fire near Lytton on Oct. 12.

Valley First has pledged to match all donations made to a trust account set up at the Armstrong branch in memory of five-year-old Ava-Mae Classen and her four-year-old brother Austin.

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The fire broke out as the youngsters were camping with their grandparents and even though all four escaped through a back window, the children could not be revived.

The president of the credit union says Valley First will match all trust account donations, up to $10,000, because it wants to help the children's family and grandmother, Rhonda Keating, who has been with the Armstrong branch for 25 years.

Autopsies have been conducted but regional coroner Mark Coleman is still waiting for the results of toxicology tests to determine exactly how the children died.

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