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People rally behind Logansport family, home destroyed in fire

Leslie Dewitt's home was destroyed in a fire on Saturday morning. Thanks to social media, they've received support from people across the world.

Posted: May 12, 2020 7:20 PM
Updated: May 12, 2020 11:41 PM

LOGANSPORT, Ind. (WLFI) - A Logansport family is left picking up the pieces after their home was destroyed in a fire this past weekend. It was another normal Saturday morning when Leslie Dewitt's fiance and sister left for work.

"Me, my son and the baby we were all asleep in my room," she said. "My sister's kid's father was here over the weekend, he came banging on my door telling me that the house was filled up with smoke."

She said she called the fire department around 8 a.m. on Saturday. She grabbed the kids and got out safely, when she remembered other important family members were still inside.

"My pigs were inside," she said. "So I by the time I ran back inside, the house was filled with black smoke. But I still managed to save the pigs and the second I walked outside the door with the pigs, the house engulfed in flames "

She also lived in the home with her sister and two nieces, a family friend, and her two children. She said they were just starting to get their lives on track, and it will be difficult for them to find another place in the Logansport area that will accommodate the big family.

"For the first time living in an actual house and to see all that just get taken away from us, I don't know but it hurts," she said.

Detective Dale Campbell with the Cass County Sheriff's Office said this fire has been ruled accidental.

Leslie posted on her Facebook page asking for help getting clothing and diapers for the four kids. Her post has nearly 6,500 shares. Her cousin started a GoFundMe page, which is already more than half way to meeting the $5,000 goal after two days. They've received support from people all over the world.

"I had a message from a family who also suffered a house fire send their thoughts and prayers all the way from the UK," she said. "I've had people from Nigeria Africa, I've had people sending us stuff from amazon from North Carolina, Oregon, California, Alabama, just all over the world."

Now she doesn't feel alone in her journey to start over again.

"Before I didn't have anyone and now I have the whole world looking out for me and my family and it just feels so good," she said.

Now there is nowhere to go but up.

"We can do all this over again, this is all materialistic stuff," she said, gesturing to the rubble that used to be her home and possessions. "We've had so many donations to start getting back on our feet and it's just a great blessing.'

She said they have already gotten plenty of clothing donations for the kids, thanks to the generosity of strangers. Now they need help finding a new home to live in and furniture for it in the Logansport area.

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