Community comes together to help those affected by plane crash

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AKRON, Ohio--  It's not much, but Paul Rader said he was only able to grab a suitcase full of necessities from his home, following Tuesday's plane crash in Akron. He may be out of his home for as long as a week.

He's just thankful that his neighbors were all safe, because after what he saw on Tuesday, he said it's a miracle no one was home.  "I went to move my car and I never felt heat so intense in my life," Rader said. "I said, 'God, please don't let me die moving my car.'"

Just about everybody in the area is working to help the people who were affected by the crash.

Several businesses in the community are teaming up to help. Pizza Pan on Canton Road has started collecting food, clothing and other home goods to help the people that were in the apartment building.

The Red Cross said at least a dozen families were affected by the crash that claimed the lives of the nine people on the plane. No one on the ground was injured.

Some folks will only be displaced for a while; others only have the clothes on their back.

"Everybody here always helps out each other; maybe not on the scale of what happened here, but this community is very tight and we work together," Pizza Pan owner, Keri Stevens, said.

Donations have already started coming in.

Read more on the crash here.

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