Lebanon family homeless after losing everything in fire
LEBANON, Ohio (WKRC) - A Warren County couple is homeless for the holidays after a fire destroyed their house. The only things they have left are a few Christmas ornaments and family photos.
Tuesday morning, Steve and Barb Clark heard a crash and thought someone was breaking into their house on Phillips Road, but it turned out to be a fire.
"My stepmom set up in bed and looked out and could see this huge orange glow, and she knew right away that it was a fire," said Ashley Hawk.
Steve tried to save their cat, Phoebe.
"It just got too big, too out of control, and they just had to get out. He told my stepmom to get out, and of course, he ran back upstairs, trying to get that cat," Hawk said. "I think that tears him up a lot that she didn't make it out, and that was like his best little buddy."
They got out with just the clothes they were wearing. Now Barb's coworkers at the Warren County Prosecutor's Office are stepping in.
"Licenses, phone chargers, all of the things that we take for granted in everyday life. No spoons or forks or dishes, coffee mugs," said Beth Anne Schorr from the Warren County Prosecutor's Office. "Barb and Steve are unassuming, generous people. They would give you the shirt off their back, and it's just heart-wrenching to see this happen to them at this time of year."
They want to re-create that classic giving-back scene from the movie '"It's A Wonderful Life."
"We always have Christmas there. It was just the coziest place, you know? So, I think that's one thing my stepmom is the most upset about. Even a brand new house rebuilt, it will just never be the same," said Hawk. "I think it feels like a bad dream that they're going to wake up from."
The Warren County Prosecutor's Office is accepting gift card donations for Target, Walmart, Kroger, Kohl's and more. You can drop those off at the Common Pleas Court at 520 Justice Drive in Lebanon.
If you have furniture donations, a storage unit is being set up. Contact David Fornshell at David.Fornshell@warrencountyprosecutor.com for more on delivery of those items.