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Community rushes to the aid of Fargo family after fire

FARGO - A Fargo family, recovering from a terrible house fire Monday, is being wrapped in the spirit of Christmas. The children of Bruce Geske escaped, but his wife, Nit Geske, was airlifted to the Twin Cities with burns to her hands and face. Th...

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FARGO - A Fargo family, recovering from a terrible house fire Monday, is being wrapped in the spirit of Christmas.

The children of Bruce Geske escaped, but his wife, Nit Geske, was airlifted to the Twin Cities with burns to her hands and face.

The schools and community are coming to the aid of the family on leave from mission work in Thailand.

At Fargo's Ben Franklin school Tuesday, an emotional principal thanked his students for showing Alicia Geske, whose family lost everything, the care of Christmas.

"You reach out and support one another and you help one another," Principal John Nelson said. "We have people coming in off the street and dropping off donations, but so far we are at $3,200."

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Investigators are still looking into the north Fargo house fire.

"When I left my dad was making toast and coffee," Bruce Geske said. "When I came back seven minutes later, the smoke was billowing out and they said there was a fire."

Bruce had just dropped of one of the kids at school.

"I tried to push the door open and crawl in and made it three feet, but the smoke was so thick, so I was calling out and calling out, everyone was here, but mom was not," he said. "I heard a knock, I opened the door and she tumbled out."

All of the kids got out, but Nit was still trapped inside.

"One of the kids said she was out and she went back in, because she thought one of the kids was in there," Bruce Geske said.

All the kids were back at school, including Vanessa at Washington Elementary, who received a Character award, decided on days ago.

And Bruce says he learned something about his hometown.

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"As soon as we parked the car, all these girls came running out the front door to greet and hug her with tears in their eyes, worth more than anything," Bruce said.

Donations are coming in for this family of eight. Bruce left Fargo in the 80's and has done mission work since then in Thailand. He has returned home with his wife and eight kids, and now this.

But the fire has taught him something.

"Very clearly and quickly, everything comes into focus," Bruce said. "The most special thing we have is family and each other and we take it for granted all the time until it is almost lost and you realize it is all that matters. Stuff is stuff. It comes and it goes. But you can't get family and the lives that could have been lost."

Nit Geske is conscious and being treated for her burns in the Twin Cities.

If you'd like to help the family, a Geske Fire Fund is set up at First International Bank.  You can also go to this GoFundMe page .

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