Showtime Singer’s Sister Loses Everything in Little Falls Explosion
The sister of Justin Smithson of the legendary CNY band 'Showtime', lost everything when their Little Falls home exploded. Now the singer, along with an Ilion salon, are helping the family and their young children.
On Wednesday, February 14, the home owned by Richelle and Shawn Devereese on West Main Street in Little Falls exploded. The explosion and subsequent fire injured several people, but no fatalities were reported. At this moment, there's no official cause for the blast, but is believed to have been caused by a natural gas leak.
Richelle is the sister of Justin Smithson, and while her family was fortunate to avoid injury in the incident, she and her family lost everything in the fire. Richelle and her husband Shawn have two young boys. Justin says, "we've been finding their things all over, some things almost a mile away."
Justin Smithson announced a collection of items for the his sister and her husband, along with his two nephews, one of whom is autistic.
Niki Marie's Salon, located at 35 Central Plaza in Ilion, is collecting items for the family.
If you have any of these items, and would like to help the family by donating, stop by Niki Marie's Salon. Justin has also established a YouCaring page where you can make a donation as well.