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Members of Central Coast badly injured in camping accident: Hundreds contribute to GoFundMe campaign

Hundreds of people are stepping up to help a Central Coast family hit by tragedy over the holiday weekend.

Lompoc High School teacher Gretchen Flaherty, her father, her husband, and their 16-year old son were all seriously burned during a camping trip. An outdoor heating device apparently caught on fire, spewing burning fuel.

The accident happened on Thanksgiving Day, near the Mojave Desert community of Ridgecrest. They were taken to hospitals with burn centers in Bakersfield, and San Bernardino. All four are expected to survive, but they may need a number of surgeries.

A family friend set up a GoFundMe page to help the family. More than 330 people have donated more than $40,000 towards the $50,000 goal.


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