Family endures two tragedies in little more than a year’s time

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 13, 2015)-- Two teens lost almost all their possession in a house fire on the city's northeast side, but it's not the first tragedy the family's faced.

The Indianapolis Fire Department said a dryer caught fire with a quilt inside at the home on East 77th Street on Tuesday night. The teens living inside that home lost their father last year in a car crash.

Boards cover the windows. There's ash everywhere.

"This is just, this is it," said Christina Snider.

Snider showed us around the home where her two nephews, Alex, 18, and Jacob, 16, lived with their mom. The teens' grandmother was at the home last night gathering belongings for the brothers, so they could stay elsewhere while their mother recovers from an illness.

"This is where my mom was when it happened, and she went around the corner. And it was engulfed," said Snider.

The fire started in the laundry room, in the dryer. It spread quickly, but the family did save a few pictures.

"I'm just really sad that anything my nephews would've had from their dad is gone," said Snider.

But the soot stains a family still reeling.

Last February, Christina's brother Donovan died in a car accident at 65th Street and Allisonville Road. He drove a snow plow through the night and ran a red light and crashed.

"He was my best friend. Anybody who knows Donovan knows he always had a smile," Snider told us then.

She said wounds from his death are still fresh. The fire Tuesday night isn't welcome.

"Everything's just rehashed from a year ago," she said.

Snider said she's thankful that nobody got hurt but wonders how much more tragedy one family can take.

"God must think that I am fifteen women right now, because my plate is full," she said.

Both teen boys play baseball at North Central High School. Wednesday night parents, coaches, and teammates planned to collect cash and gift cards to help with short-term needs like clothing. Organizers said there's also a bank account set up at Chase Bank in Alex Snider's name.