Fatal Johnson Co. house fire remains under investigation
As her family stands vigil at Wishard Hospital, her community is wrapping itself around a mother who lost two children in a house fire, showing support in the form of donations of goods and money.
Sirena Slusher-Abbott, 32, remains in critical condition at Wishard Hospital. She's in a medically-induced coma with burns on more than a third of her body.
There are new details about a powerful house fire that killed two young children in Johnson County Friday.
Her six-month-old son John and 18-month-old daughter Haley died of burns and smoke inhalation when their home in Nineveh caught fire Friday evening. Another daughter, five-year-old Alexandria, was able to escape the fire and run to safety.
The state fire marshal is still investigating the cause of the blaze, which remains unknown.
Slusher-Abbott's husband and the father of the two young victims was on his way home from work at the time of the fire. He and other family members are still trying to cope with what happened.
"It's sad that two babies were taken from this world way, way before their time. Their time here with us was very short, but it's absolutely never going to be forgotten," said Jesse Frick, the children's uncle. "The entire family is just numb. Trying to wrap our heads around everything and...it's just rough."
While the family copes with loss and prays for a miraculous recovery for Sirena, their appeal for help is being answered. The family lost everything in the fire. The outpouring of support for Alexandria and her father have been overwhelming.
"These people are taking time out of their lives to look at another family in need. Our family would do the same and it's very appreciated," said Frick.
If you'd like to donate furniture, clothes or toys for Alexandria, you can drop off items at The Crossing Church at 8728 S. Nineveh Road in Princes Lakes. A sign outside the church Sunday called for prayers.
A washer, dryer, dining room table are just a few of the items already dropped off at church.
"We're just relying on faith and prayer to see this family through it," said Jessica Daugherty. "You always read about it happening, but when it happens right here, in your church and in your community, it's heartbreaking."
The family is in the process of setting up a fund for monetary donations.
So far more than $1,000 has been donated, and several fundraisers are already planned to aid the family.