michigan water polo family get on their feet after devastating house fire
Firefighters were able to rescue all of the family pets. A rabbit, fish, cat and dog. At first, they had a hard time locating Mack, the dog.
“They said that when my dog heard my voice he had moved and they saw him so that’s when they found him,” Jessica said.
Mack had to get CPR at the scene and is recovering from smoke burns to his eyes. Veterinarians are also watching his oxygen, but he’s expected to be okay.
Before firefighters started spraying the home they asked the Lowes where family photos were so they could get as many as possible out.
“They were the best I’ve ever had,” Jessica said. “They were very compassionate.”
Jessica and William still haven’t told their children Erin, 4, and Mason,
“They’re with my mom and they went to see Santa and a movie so we didn’t want to ruin their day,” Jessica said. “So we’ll tell them tomorrow morning then we’ll go have Christmas with my family.”
But not enough praise for the neighbors who called for help.
“The support of our friends, family, we’ve got a big support group, but it’s going to be hard,” William said. “We’ll get through the holidays and do what we gotta do and we’ve pushed through everything that’s been thrown our way and it’s another obstacle but we’ll get through it.”
Strangers and friends continually stop by to do what they can to help the family. Right now the Lowes are staying with a neighbor until they figure out the next step.
In fact, so much of the community has wanted to help that a family friend set up a donation drive less than 24 hours after the fire.
Friends met at the McDonald’s on County Road 17 Saturday night in Elkhart County to collect donated clothes, shoes and whatever else the family might need.
“So many people wanted to meet and where can I take it so I just thought a centralized location and then they can drop it off so that we can get it all together and then the family has a chance to go through, pick and choose what they need and want,” said Destiny Burnette who organized the donation drive.