Tragedy hits local family already mourning a loss

Fire destroyed an East 77th Street home Tuesday night. Two teen boys were in the process of moving out when the fire began. (Photo credit: Indianapolis Fire Department)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A family still reeling from a tragic loss is now gathering what’s left after a fire destroyed their home late Tuesday night.

It happened on East 77th Street near Dean Road just after 10 p.m. Firefighters believe it started in the dryer and say the family lost nearly everything.

Donovan Snider, killed February 5, 2015, with his two sons. (Photo
Donovan Snider, killed Feb. 5, 2015, with his two sons. (Photo

Two young men, 16 and 18 years old, were living in the home with their mother, but the fire department said she recently fell ill and is being cared for elsewhere. The boys’ grandmother was in Indianapolis from Florida helping them pack up to move into their aunt’s house when the fire started.

The boys are the sons of Donovan Snider, a private snow plow driver who was killed last year on Feb. 5 in a crash on Allisonville Road.

After his death a GoFundMe page was set up to help the boys and their mother. It raised more than $38,000.

Firefighters say a cat was killed in the fire and another is still unaccounted for. The boys are staying at their aunt’s house. Firefighters were able to salvage a box containing a crystal nativity set, which they say was unscathed.

“The boys were overjoyed at the find. Despite their tragic loss and the devastating turn of recent events in their lives, they simply smiled and said it was a sign from their dad that it will all be OK,” said Indianapolis Fire Department Capt. Rita Reith.

Crash near Allisonville Road and 65th Street on February 5, 2014. (WISH Photo)
Crash near Allisonville Road and 65th Street on Feb. 5, 2014. (WISH Photo) provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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