Fire set deliberately, destroys family’s home

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) One family is homeless after an early morning fire destroyed their house Sunday.

According to the Fort Wayne Fire Department Monday, the fire was set deliberately.

Crews responded to the house on the 3000 block of Monroe Street, just before 4 a.m. Sunday.

It was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived. They found heavy smoke and fire coming from three sides of the home.

“It was burned in three different spots, upstairs and the downstairs and the front porch,” said the homeowner who wanted to remain anonymous.

Crews got the fire under control within about 30 minutes. However, the fire had already burned through the first and second floors, weakening the house.

The homeowner watched as it was torn down due to the extent of the damage.

“All the hard work, I invested into the home, my kids homeless, everything that we own was in the house. I have to start over.”

Flames even leaped over to the house next door, where Kayla Rogan and Jecarri Martin said their grandmother was sleeping.

“All I could think about was is she okay? Are they okay? Who would do something like that?”

Thankfully, no one was hurt.

The American Red Cross gave the family a place to stay. After that, they’ll rely on family.

“The one thing that bothers me the most, I don’t have any pictures, that’s what bothers me, we’re homeless.”

In the meantime, friends and neighbors have already donated clothing and other necessary items.

“I’m just amazed how people still have unity to help someone when they need it.”

So far, no one has been arrested.

If you’d like to help the family, click on this link to donate.

 

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