An Indiana family has lost everything in a house fire during the early hours of Saturday, Nov. 25—just one month before Christmas.
Despite their ordeal, they are grateful that they made it out alive.
The Wright family lost their rented home, three vehicles, their basic necessities, and Christmas gifts that they had bought on Black Friday, according to a GoFundMe page set up for them.
Aaron Wright has been hailed as a hero by his neighbors after he swiftly got his wife and two daughters to safety from the burning home, reported WTHR.
Wright told the news station that he was able to rescue his family because his wife, Elizabeth Wright, had heard the smoke alarm go off through their baby monitor.
“Those smoke detectors, if they hadn’t of been there I don’t know if we’d woke up to get out. My husband, he opened the door in front of me and we both fell back. He shut the door and was screaming, ‘We have to go get them out,'” Elizabeth told WTHR, referring to the couple’s daughters.
Wright then ran through the house and grabbed 9-year-old Akili and 2-year-old Nadilyn from their bedrooms before pushing them out the window to safety.
“Nadilyn was holding onto the window. She didn’t want to go out. She didn’t understand what was happening. She thought she was falling and I’m just pushing as hard as I can to get her out of that window,” Elizabeth recalled. “He got us out and then dove out after us,” Elizabeth said.
Fortunately for the family, no one was hurt, but they were sent to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation, according to WishTV.
“It’s pretty rough going home and seeing all the kids’ stuff burned up and most of the stuff is gone,” Wright told WTHR.
Investigators are now looking into the cause of the fire, which the Wright family believes started in the front yard, reported WTHR.
It will take a couple of weeks to locate an exact cause and point of origin, firefighters said.
The family said they had reported a gas leak near their house weeks ago, as did the neighbors.
“My husband had reported a gas leak to Vectren [a local natural gas company]. It was out by the road in our yard,” Wright told WTHR. “They said that it wasn’t a problem and they’d come and fix it eventually.”
Vectren said it did respond to the fire on Saturday at the request of the fire department, but it’s still checking into reports about a possible gas leak, reported WTHR.
Wright’s cousin, Amanda O’Banion, has set up a GoFundMe page to help the Wright family raise money to rebuild their home, pay for medical expenses, and buy necessities.
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