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Gibsonville, NC - Tragedy struck the city of Gibsonville this weekend. Four-year-old Matthew Ridge-Poulos and one-year-old Jade Hawks died Saturday after their home caught on fire.

Their funeral was Thursday. 

Investigators say the fire was caused by a space heater that ignited furnishings. The brother and sister were found dead in the bed they shared.

Their grandfather and a Good Samaritan tried to save them, but the flames were too intense.

That Good Samaritan is Steven Cosner. 

READ:Steven Cosner Talks About Trying To Save 2 Kids Who Died in a Fire in Gibsonville

Cosner saw the smoke, stopped and tried to pull the kids out of the burning home. Now, he's being treated at UNC Hospital for second degree burns.

His medical bills are more than $100,000.

He has insurance but he has to pay a $10,000 co-pay before his insurance will write a check and Cosner says, the insurance will only cover half.

But now the sacrifice he made is being returned him.

Steven's  fiance Ashley says she got a message on Facebook from a relative of Jade and Matthew.

It said they were very thankful for Steven's sacrifice and wanted to help.

Then, they got a visit from the children's grandfather at the hospital.

He came to thank Steven and tell them more about their plans to help.

"He told Steven that he owed him every possible way that he could try to make Steven's bills like disappear, like from the hospital bill," said Ashley Ellard, Steven's fiance. "He said he wants to make it where it was like he was never in here for Steven just to thank him enough."

The family is planning a bluegrass concert with the proceeds going to benefit Steven.

The details haven't been ironed out yet but it won't be until Steven's burns heal more.

A fund has been set up at the:

Danville City Employees Federal Credit Union
320 Old Riverside Drive
Danville, VA 24541

To donate, include on the memo line in the check that it is for the Special Fund for Steven Cosner.

"We definitely really could use it and would really appreciate it in every way," said Ashley. "And it's just really nice to have people there that want to help you."

Steven is expected to stay in the hospital until at least Saturday.

Then, he says it'll be a few weeks before he can get back to work.

He and his fiance have four children and without work, money will be even tighter. 

But through all this there is another reason to smile for Ashley and Steven. They are supposed to get married Monday.

WFMY News 2

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