As if Sandy Hook families haven’t been through enough – one family suffered a devastating blow. Their home was devastated after fire tore through it — destroying all of their possessions and even killing the family dog.
They’re devastated they lost their school. They lost their home. They have nothing.
The Barths are still in shock over the Wednesday fire that has left them relying once again on the Sandy hook community.
“They lost their school, they lost their home . . . they have nothing,” said Audra Barth of the three young children she has with husband Hans.
“It’s very extensive….nothing can be saved,” said Hans Barth.
It has been an incredibly trying and tragic few months for this family. Two of their three children attended Sandy Hook Elementary school, the site of a mass shooting that left 26 people including 20 small children dead.
6-year-old Peter was inside Kaitlin Roigs classroom at the time of the massacre. Roigs was the teacher who hid her students in the classroom bathroom.
Now, months later, a massive fire has razed the family’s home, killing the family pets, including frogs, fish, baby chicks recently hatched and Peter’s beloved Chihuahua “Goliath”.
“Our dog was in the house, said Audra Barth, “That’s a tough one for our kids to deal with. “The dog was definitely what kept Peter grounded, he slept in his room.”
The children now find some comfort from other family pets who were luckily left unharmed.
As the Fire Marshall’s office continues to investigate how it all happened, this community has pulled together again in the face of tragedy.
Donations of clothing toiletries and funds have already flooded in and for the Barths — who are now without a home — they are staying at a hotel while they try to once again rebuild their lives..
If you would like to donate, please do either online at: http://www.gofundme.com/2fns60
Or send a check made out to the St. Rose of Lima Church and write “For the Barth family” in the memo section.
St. Rose of Lima Church, 46 Church Hill Road, Newtown, Connecticut 06470.