The Holzwarth family is working to find an apartment through insurance agents, who suspect the damage to the roughly 2,700-square-foot house is a total loss,
"They want to say thank you in advance for any help," Zorn told the Tribune-Review by phone Wednesday from her home in
In addition to monetary contributions, the family could use items such as new toiletries, clothing (Trent wears a youth size L), household goods, personal items and other basic needs. Zorn, who is coordinating the fundraising effort, can be reached by email at [email protected]
"This family home is not salvageable, and they will have to find a new place to call home," Zorn wrote on the website. "Whatever you can help to donate would be greatly appreciated. If you are unable to donate, please say a prayer."
Trent, who recently started the seventh grade, was at
Their parents were at work. Sarah and
"I came home, and it was already ablaze," said
Their two dogs -- a Boxer-Labrador mix named Chloe and a Husky named Rosie -- were still inside.
As soon as she got there,
Soon after, firefighters managed to get both of the Holzwarth family's dogs outside safely.
A third dog -- a Chihuahua who lived next door known as "Chi-Chi" or "Cheech" -- died in the house where the fire originated, officials said.
It took firefighters nearly 90 minutes to get control of the fire that damaged a total of three houses. The walls of the homes were just a few feet apart from each other. Nobody lived in the third affected property.
No one was seriously injured. Three people narrowly escaped the house where the fire began with the help of people who happened to be nearby before firefighters arrived. Neighbors and witnesses -- including 17-year-old
Four firefighters and a police officer suffered minor injuries, Public Safety spokesman
A soggy, soot-covered
Just about everything else under their now-half-missing roof was ruined by the fire and ensuing smoke and water damage.
"All the rooms are destroyed,"
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