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Update: Hawley Fire Ruled Accidental

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Updated 7/29 6:50 p.m.

In an official release, the Clay County Sheriff's Office has declared the early Sunday morning fire accidental, "caused by the ignition of materials surrounding an improperly installed electrical outlet."

The sheriff's office would like to remind homeowners about important safety information available on the State Fire Marshal Division website.

The outpouring of support and donations given to the Bonham family is overwhelming. All items that were listed in the original story below have been completely satisfied. If anyone would like to give to support the family financially, an account has been set up at US Bank as well as at the State Bank of Hawley.

Details for Rylie Efterfield's services have been released. There will be a visitation on Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 at Hawley Lutheran Church. The funeral is on Friday at 2:00 p.m. at Hawley Lutheran Church.

Updated 7/29 6:30 p.m.

A family and a community continue to mourn the loss of a 15 year old girl. Rylie Efterfield died early Sunday morning in a fire at her families home in Hawley, Minnesota. As the state Fire Marshal looks into what started that fire, the community is pulling together remembering the young woman, whose life was taken too soon. Valley News team's Eric Crest reports.

The memorial in front of the home that was all but destroyed Sunday morning is the one bright spot on this lawn.

"It makes me feel pretty good to see that everyone is posting stuff. Saying how much they love her and will miss her. It's hard to see all of that," explains Rylie's uncle Kelvin Efterfield.

Kelvin was just one of many that paid a visit to let Rylie and her loved ones know, she's in the front of everyone's mind in Hawley tonight, "she'd never yell at ya. She was always smiling and would put a smile on your face. She was never a sad girl," says Kelvin.

As classmates showed up, even those that weren't terribly close with Rylie, you could tell that her loss has impacted everyone here. Like Andraya Parenteau and her friends, "I hope they know that the whole community is trying to help them out and that we're all here for them. Family first whatever they need we would like to help."

"She was a very nice person. Smiling all the time and she would always say hi in the hall even if you didn't know her," says Aryanna Harris another classmate.

It was her smile and laughter that people in Hawley are remembering today. And as they remember those good times, they're not forgetting about the wake of difficulties left behind by the fire that took way so much.

"Rylie was a wonderful person. She was very, very much loved. Every last Efterfield loved her as much as you could love anyone," says Rylie's uncle Kelvin.

The other children in the home lost all of their personal possessions on top of everything. If you would like to help out donations of clothing are being accepted at the Hawley Lutheran Church. They are also accepting monetary donations. If you want to find out how best to help out check out the original story below.

Original Story

Fire claimed the life of a 15-year-old girl in her Hawley, Minnesota home over the weekend, but that's not all the family lost.  The fire consumed the home and everything inside. As the family mourns the loss of their teenage daughter, the community is banding together to help them simply get by.

Donations of food and clothing are being collected at Hawley Lutheran Church, located at 510 8th Street in Hawley.

According to the Hawley Lutheran Church Facebook page, the following clothing sizes are needed:

  • Girls pants size 10 and 7/8
  • Girls shirts sizes 7/8
  • Girls shoes sizes 3 1/2 and 2
  • Boys pants sizes 6, 7 & 8
  • Boys shirts sizes 5t, 8 and 10.
  • Boys shoes Youth 13, 1 and 2
  • Women's size 14 pant, large shirts and 7 1/2 shoes.

The family is also in need of pull-ups for the youngest children, totes for each family member, laundry detergent and dryer sheets. If you'd like to help out, you can also donate to fund in Rylie's honor through US Bank in Fargo or State Bank of Hawley.

Counselors, pastors and youth workers will be available Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Hawley High school library for students who would like to talk to someone.

Five fire departments were called around 1:30 Sunday morning to a home engulfed in flames. Mother Kristen Bonham rushed two of the children out safely, but when she went back to help 15-year-old Rylie, the flames blocked the halls and doorways. Rylie Efterfield died in her room on the third floor loft.

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