Family from Racine loses house to fire on Easter Day
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RACINE - An Easter celebration ended in devastation for a Racine family, and a fire in their home sent them running for safety.
“Everybody is just numb,” said Connie Hollin.
Hollin’s family Easter ended with fire trucks and sirens. They just finished dinner at her mom’s house on 6th Street in Racine and were about to play a game of cards when Connie smelled smoke.
“I’m looking and I see all this black smoke and I think, ‘OK, something’s not right. My son is back here. What is he doing?’” she explained.
Hollin rushed to a bedroom in the back of the house to find her eight-year-old son.
“He’s in there playing a game, I open the door and there are flames behind him!” she said.
She grabbed her son and other family members and ran for the front door as the fire quickly grew behind them. Everyone made it out safely. Unfortunately, several family pets, including a dog, didn’t survive. Connie’s parents lost most of what they own.
“Everything they got is in that house," she said. "What are we going to do?”
Connie’s mom, Mary Swenson sad it’s devastating but adds they’re incredibly lucky. Even more people were over earlier in the day, and she believes they wouldn’t have all made it out. Had the fire started later in the evening, Mary believes it would have been even worse.
“If we would have been in bed," she said, "as fast as it spread, none of us would have made it out.”
Mary’s partner, Leroy Price echoed the feeling.
“We wouldn’t have walked out of there," he said. "We would have been carried out in body bags.”
Authorities say the cause of the fire is still under investigation. Family members said they were told an electrical issue may be to blame.
The Red Cross has put Swenson and Price in a hotel room for a few nights. After that, they’ll be starting over from scratch.