Family Loses Nearly Everything, Including Dogs in Fire
By Steve White, Grand Island Bureau Chief - bio | email
A central Nebraska family asks for help, after losing their home, their dogs, their clothes, tools and everything else in a fire.
Emma Franssen spent the day on Thursday trying to salvage what she could, but there's little left, just a shell of a home.
She was in Grand Island and her boyfriend Dick Fieldgrove was driving a big rig through Chicago.
They're okay, but two Chihuahuas, Star and Little Bit didn't make it.
Franssen said she got a call on her cell phone that their home was on fire, and rushed to the scene, where she saw flames shooting up into the trees.
"I ran up to a fireman, asked if they found my two dogs and they said, ‘no not yet.' A couple minutes later they came over and said they found them laying in front of the door, trying to get out," she said.
They lost the dogs and nearly everything else, and had no insurance on the hundred–year old farm house.
Fieldgrove said he has lived in the home for around 15 years and had just installed central air and had made other improvements. But said he could not afford insurance which would cover the home and other outbuildings on the farmstead.
He said he previously owned his own truck, but had trouble when the economy went downhill a few years ago, and now drives for another company.
They're asking for the public's help. A local bank has set up a fund to accept donations and friends put up a Facebook page to collect items for the family.
Franssen said the Red Cross was on the scene to provide assistance as well.