VICTORVILLE – A family of four lost their townhouse-style apartment home after a fire ripped through their unit on Friday afternoon.
Shortly before 12:20 p.m. Katie Rogers, 6, went downstairs in the family home in the 13800 block of Burning Tree Drive to get some water. When she reached the kitchen she noticed the stove on fire. She ran upstairs yelling for her mother, Casey Rogers who was upstairs with Katie’s 3-month-old sister, Kenzie. As Casey ran downstairs with her two children, she saw the fire and the fire alarms began to sound. She attempted to put the fire out, but it was growing rapidly so she grabbed the kids and ran out the door. No one even had a moment to put shoes on prior to the fast escape from the burning home.
One of the family’s two cats was able to escape the fire, while the second remained upstairs and died as a result of the fire. Tim Rogers, the husband of Casey and the father of the children returned to his then uninhabitable home after picking up some items from the store. The family lost all of their clothing, shoes, toys, photos, and furniture. Just about everything they owned was destroyed in the fire.
The Rogers family is grateful for their lives and that none of them were injured. They are sad about the loss of one of their two family pets, but will be attempting to move on from this traumatic event. The family is staying with Casey’s sister temporarily and the Red Cross helped them to purchase some clothing. The family also expressed how very grateful they are for community support.
The family said that no burners were on at the time of the fire and the cause of the fire remains under investigation. The family also has expressed concern for the health of their living cat who they may need veterinary care which they simply can not afford at this time. A Go Fund Me Account has been started to help the young family who is now displaced as a result of the fire.
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