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Minerva community helps fire family victims

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GOSHEN TWP, Ohio  - People came from all over the small town of Minerva carrying bags of clothing and boxes of other household goods.

Fire gutted the Goshen Township home of David Kidd Saturday night. Kidd and two other family members escaped uninjured but Justin Kidd, 20, was trapped in the basement and couldn't get out.

The Kidd family is well known in the small community because he happens to be the pastor of True North church.

Now, the lives he touched as a pastor are trying to help him and his family.

"The family means everything to this church they are the backbone for us. They are the life blood of the the church. they mean everything because they'd do anything for us," Darlene Grimm of Malvern says.

And it wasn't just members of his own church that came to help.

Donna Lyons goes to the Malvern Methodist church. She says when they announced it there, she came straight down with bags of clothes because she wanted to do her best to help out.  She calls it all "just unimaginable."

People are devastated over the loss of Justin who spent a lot of time in the church's youth group.

They say Kidd was quiet but always quick with a joke and kept people laughing.

They say he was coming into his own as far as being able to pastor the kids and being able to give them guidance.

"When I would feel down he'd do something silly just to get me out of my funk it was just awesome. Mear words cannot explain this kid. He was an old soul, a beautiful kid," says Mike Grimm.

Donations will continue to be accepted for the Kidd family at the True North Church in Minerva.

The Kidd family is currently staying with a nearby relative.

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