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Support is pouring in for a Chester County boy who suffered severe burns in an accidental school fire on Thursday and faces a long road to recovery.

As of Friday afternoon, the Laird family's GoFundMe campaign had raised more than $1,000 of its $2,500 goal.

Brendan was burned above the waist while working on a grinder in shop class in the Chester County Learning Center in Coatesville, Caln Township fire officials told 6abc.


By the time first responders arrived, the fire had already been extinguished by school staff, authorities previously said.

He was airlifted to Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia, where he tested positive for COVID-19, preventing his family from staying with him, according to the GoFundMe. 

The fundraiser says he had a burn escharotomy done, but is still expecting a long road to recovery. 

"In hopes to help ease their worries just a little bit, we’ve organized this GoFundMe to help with a hotel room so they can at least stay close to him! Maybe even help with as many medical bills as possible," the campaign states.

"Every donation counts, no matter how small. If you cannot or do not want to donate, we just ask that you say a prayer for him and his family! There is absolutely nothing that is too small."

A family member did not immediately respond to Daily Voice's request for Brendan's age on Friday afternoon.

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Thousands Raised For Family Of Slain Fairfield Prep Student-Athlete With Still No Arrests Made

More than a thousand friends and strangers have donated some $80,000 to the family of a teen who was stabbed to death during an incident in front of a home in Fairfield County.

James "Jimmy" McGrath, age 17, of Shelton, was killed around 11:50 p.m., in Shelton on Saturday, May 14 during a fight in front of the residence where three additional people were also stabbed, Shelton Police said.

  • Earlier Story: 17-Year-Old Fatally Stabbed Played Football, Lacrosse For Fairfield Prep

A junior at Fairfield Prep, where he was also a member of the football and lacrosse teams, word quickly spread of his death prompting friends of the family to start a GoFundMe effort to help the family in their time of need.

As of Tuesday, May 17, more than a thousand people had donated some $81,000 of a $15,000 goal.

Many of those making donations included classmates and friends who wrote they would miss him and offered sympathy and prayers for the family.

The other three people stabbed, who have not been identified, survived, and have reportedly spoken with police.

Shelton Police have released little information regarding the incident. No arrests have been made.

Police say they are investigating and are asking anyone who might have video or information regarding the fight to call the department at 203-924-1544.

To donate to the GoFundMe, click here. 

This continues to be a developing story. Check back to Daily Voice for updates. 

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