Chester restaurant rallies to help fire victims

By Ryan Nobles - bio | email
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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – Tonight the community is rallying behind a Chesterfield family who lost their young son in a house fire last night.

Robert and Anna Chaverria worked at Sibley's Bar-B-Q in Chester. According to their former employees, Anna ran back into her burning house to try and save her son, but was unsuccessful.

She is now recovering from extensive burns at VCU Medical Center.

Both Robert and Anna are cooks at Sibley's and a part of the restaurants extended family. At least half of their home has been destroyed, and as a result the staff has set up a jar soliciting donations from the customers that come into the Bar-B-Q joint. People that worked closely with the couple believe that it is the least they can do.

"They both work so hard, they both work long hours to try and support their boys and you know their cooks. Ya know they just bought this place a year ago. They really had just got settled after being in an apartment for so long," said Karen Hughes, server at Sibley's Bar-B-Q.

Fire investigators have yet to pin down a cause, but their early findings indicate that it was an accident. The staff at Sibley's said they will continue to ask their customers for help. They said the family still has no idea, just how much work it will take to fully recover from this tragedy.

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