Flanders Fire Survivors, Family Search for Help

Family of Cristiano Bonner and Hesham Moustafa trying to raise money for medical, burial and counseling expenses.

The fire that destroyed a Flanders home Monday and claimed the lives of 52-year-old Hesham Moustafa and his 7-year-old stepson Cristiano Bonner is only the beginning of the trial for the family as they are struggling to find funds for burial expenses for the victims and recovery for the survivors, said Amy Bonner Langdo.

Langdo is a Hopatcong resident and Cristiano's aunt and has started a Give Forward donation page in hopes of raising enough money to cover the medical, burial and counseling expenses.

"My niece Bianca is in the hospital with burns and damage to her lungs," Langdo said.

According to Langdo, her niece was brought out of the burning home and wasn't breathing, but that first responders were able to revive her at the scene.

Langdo's brother Robert Bonner is the father of Bianca and Cristiano.

"My brother was divorced from their mother, but lived down the street from them," Langdo said.

According to Acting Morris Prosecutor Frederic M. Knapp, the cause of the fire that destroyed Moustafa's first-floor apartment and the apartment above it is still under investigation. Mount Olive Councilman John Mania told the Star-Ledger a space heater may have been in use in the building before the fire started.

Langdo hopes that the community will find it in them to help her brother's family in this difficult time.

"They are in great need of donations to help with expenses," Langdo said.

mom of three February 19, 2013 at 02:17 PM
This is the link to help. http://www.giveforward.com/inmemoryofcristianoandhesham?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=fb_wall&utm_campaign=receipt&fb_ref=704471#
PD73 February 19, 2013 at 02:22 PM
So tragic. My heart goes out to this family. But, wondering if the father had insurance for his children...
Fed Up Resident February 19, 2013 at 02:24 PM
This family is a childhood friend of mine. The Mom is one of the kindest people I've ever known. May God be with her and her family now, as she will need all of your strength to guide her through this horrific tragedy.
Russ Crespolini February 19, 2013 at 02:28 PM
This link is also contained twice in the story. Clicking on any of those will take you to donation page. Thanks for posting!


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »