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BRUNSWICK COUNTY -- It will be a long road to recovery for one Brunswick County family that lost two young boys in a fire over the weekend.

Luckily though, many in the community are stepping up to help.

The survivors will have to deal with the scars left by the fire for the rest of their life, but hopefully, they'll make it through a little easier because of all of those showing their support.

Marshall Campo has never met the Bell-Turner family. He's never even heard of them before this weekend. When he heard about the fire that left eight-year-old Anthony and six-year-old Tyler Turner dead, he felt compelled to try and raise money for the family.

Campo said, "They're going to have a lot of expenses, they're going to have the funeral of the two boys, and of course the two girls, the girls that are severely burned."

Campo can relate. More than 30 years ago he lost his son in a car accident and says he was able to make it through the ordeal because of the community's help.

"I know the feeling," Campo said. "This is far supreme what this family is going through compared to what we went through, but I know the feeling and that's what motivated me."

While donations will help pay for financial burdens the family is now left with, it won't help heal the physical wounds the surviving family members will have.

"People deal with burns all their life. It's not a like a broken leg where you can just move on, it is an injury where it presents some unique challenges for a life time."

The family's 11- and 13-year-old daughters were injured the worst in the blaze and it could be weeks before they are released from the hospital.

Even after their physical wounds have healed, doctors say it's likely their emotional wounds will remain.

The four family members who survived are still being treated at the Jaycee Burn Center. The mother does not have health or life insurance and doctors say treating burns can cost anywhere from $250,000 to $1.5 million.

Donations made to the family will first go to pay for funeral costs for the two boys. The remaining money will be to help the mother get back on her feet.

If you would like to make a donation to the family go to any BB&T Bank and let them know you want to donate to the CUE Center Memorial Fund for Samantha and Daniel Bell.

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