Damn damn damn, how much more can these families take? The New York Post is reporting that one of the Newtown, Connecticut families whose two young children were lucky enough to survive the horrific Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre has endured yet another devastating tragedy.
A fire destroyed their home:
Barth, his wife Audra and their three children lost everything in the Wednesday afternoon blaze, including their 5-year-old Chihuahua and several baby chickens.
The Barths’ children — including 7-year-old Peter, who survived the massacre with his classmates in a locked school bathroom — were “pretty shaken” by the blaze, Hans Barth said.
Thankfully, nobody was home when the fire broke out, but Hans Barth came home from running errands only to find his street closed off, his house on fire, and fire trucks at the scene. They wouldn’t let him through.
Nothing in the house could be salvaged, and for now, the Barth family is living in a motel.
Whatever happens, the Barths plan to stay in the neighborhood.
“Our kids have been through a lot. To tear them out of their home now it would be the worst thing we could do,” Audra Barth said.
From what the Post article suggests, the family’s attitude about this new heartbreaker is remarkably positive and forward-thinking. I’d be curled up in a ball under the motel bed uncontrollably sobbing, “Why US?” The Barths deserve a medal and nothing but good fortune and emotional security for the rest of their lives.