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Family suffers hardship after deadly fire

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A KCK family is facing hardships after the sudden loss of a woman who was the rock of their relationship.

Carole Bridgeman-Young, a loving mother, daughter and sister, will be laid to rest Saturday - six days following the fatal fire at her home in Kansas City, KS.

Her family is gathering support through each other and hopefully the community to help lay her to rest.

Alton Burton Sr. is stunned and saddened by the sudden loss of his big sister, who was the caretaker of the family.

"Just couldn't believe she couldn't get out, that's what I'm in disbelief. I just wish she got out," said Burton, the youngest brother of five siblings.

Firefighters found Bridgeman-Young unresponsive inside her home on Greeley Avenue on July 10, a home where she raised three children.

Both of her girls were off at college when the fire happened, and her son had already left the nest and moved out.

"I'm grieving, but we're all working to get through this together," Burton said. "She has a beautiful smile that I'm holding in my heart."

Burton feels responsible for helping her three children cope without their mother.

"Making sure they have what they need. Being so young, they don't know how to handle a lot of things. No one knows what I'm doing right now."

The family has two days to pay for a funeral and are asking for some help. Thatcher's Funeral Home, 1520 N. 5th St, in KCK, is taking donations. Their number is 913-321-1211.

Firefighters haven't said what caused the fire. A final report is expected to be released Thursday.

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