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Community comes together to support family burned in Easter bonfire

The Stephens family (Photo Source: Family) The Stephens family (Photo Source: Family)
HERNANDO, MS (WMC) -

A community of hairstylists are banding together to support a family sent to the hospital after a gas fire on Easter Sunday night.

"They need help," said All About Hair employee Aubrie Johnson. "They truly need help."

Johnson and Krista Stephens worked together at All About Hair. Their salon and other salons in Hernando, Mississippi are trying to help Stephens' family after the tragedy.

Stephens' family, who all live in Bartlett, were at a bonfire at Stephens' mother's home.

"The fire was starting to go out and Ashton, their 15-year-old daughter, picked up the gasoline to help the fire," Johnson explained.

The gas can then exploded, and flames burned both Ashton and her step-father, Sean. They were both taken to the hospital by helicopter in Memphis.

Johnson says that Krista has stopped working to be able to spend time with her husband and daughter. Her husband does not have short-term disability benefits, and it will be a long time before the family can resume their normal day-to-day activities.

Johnson said many hair salons in Hernando are hosting a cut-a-thon on May 30. 

"One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the Stephens' family benefit," she explained.

Johnson added that the family deserves all the help they can get.

"They truly are the best people you could ever meet," said Johnson. "Anybody that knows Krista, you would not find one person to say anything bad."

To donate to the family online, click here.

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