ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- Pearl River's Meg Higgins heard a spark behind her couch on Wednesday morning and within minutes the multi-family home she lived in was up in flames.
Hours later, the home was uninhabitable, leaving Higgins, who grew up in Ridgewood, and her nine-year-old daughter homeless.
Luckily, no one was hurt, including their dog and cat, but after losing everything, a family member decided to start a GoFundMe page in order to help the two replace their clothes, furniture, and other necessities.
Within hours, the site had raised more than $15,000, $5,000 more than the $10,000 goal. The page was closed on Thursday.
The fire began around 11:49 a.m. Wednesday on North William Street. Police and fire responded within minutes, but the flames spread to the second and third floors, said Orangetown Police. ￼
"While we cannot replace the priceless things we can rise as a community around them to help rebuild their home," said Michele LaRotonda on the GoFundMe page. "The financial support will help with personal needs like clothing, furniture, school supplies, and rebuilding a life together."
The Orangetown fire inspector said the cause of the fire does not appear to be suspicious.