Family lost everything

There was a fire at my Mom and Aunts house Saturday, January 7, the news was
carried by nbcwashington.com, wusa9.com, wtop.com, dcnewsnow.com and others.
The house was completely destroyed. We lost three of our cats to the fire and others
are missing. My mother was pulled from the fire by the Fire Department and is currently in the ICU at Med Star DC. My Aunt is unharmed and here with us.

My mom is elderly and was taken to the hospital in a life-threatening state, but she has
received excellent medical care and is now doing well. She is currently in the ICU at
Med Star D.C. is awake and alert. She has burns on over 18% of her body. She will be
needing surgery and will be a guest at Med Star for a couple of weeks as she recovers.
I want to thank the responding units who answered the call that day. I also wanted to
thank Berwyn Heights (14) for getting my mother out of the house and the
EMS unit that transported her. (Not sure who)

I am not sure who was there but these were the units I saw personally (in no particular
order)

 Berwyn Heights
 College Park
 Branchville
 Bowie
 Glenarden
 Hyattsville, and
 Silver Spring.

I apologize if I missed anyone, but still very grateful.

We are all overwhelmed by the situation. We are alive and well. We are trying to figure
out our next step, and we have been in touch with the Red Cross. We also started the Go-Fund me page to help with this situation. The house was paid for, but the insurance had lapsed, so no funds. The funds will be used for home restoration and part of the
donations for medical bills as there will be more surgeries.

We would be very grateful if you can spare ten to twenty dollars or more to help, every
dollar will help
I am very grateful that everyone is okay. It could have been far worse. Thank you,
everyone. We are truly blessed. I will keep you posted as more information becomes
available.


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Karen Krause
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College Park, MD

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