‘We are just trying to keep our sanity’ Hoosier military family of 9 loses everything in fire

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(June 5, 2015) — Nine members of a Hoosier military family lost everything this week when their home caught fire.

Army Major Chris Crawford’s home on Griffin Road caught fire Tuesday afternoon. Major Crawford lived in the home with his wife Marie and seven daughters.

“This was the dining room with bookshelves. It is all gone and destroyed,” said Major Chris Crawford.

Thankfully, no one was inside the house Tuesday afternoon when the fire started.

The flames started in the teen’s back bedroom. The cause is likely electrical.

“This was the bedroom for the girls. It is really hard because I know what it could have been if we were asleep and the fire broke out,” said Major Crawford.

The smoke detectors were working in the home at the time.

“It`s considered a total loss. The only thing we have after the fire were the clothes we are wearing today,” said Major Crawford.

The family does have insurance, but little could be saved. All nine of them are currently living in a hotel.

“We are just trying to keep our sanity and know this will all be over soon,” said Marie Crawford.

The most important thing though is that this family is still together.

“Everything else will replaced somehow, someway. The most important thing is that I have my family,” said Major Crawford.

The family’s two cats did not make it out of the fire.

Army Major Chris Crawford has served more than twenty years in our military.

Click here to donate to a Go Fund Me page set up by a friend for the family to help pay for clothing for the children.