Family lost everything in house fire

Published 4:00 am Tuesday, April 28, 2015

After watching her neighbor’s hose burn down, Anna Stephens started an initiative to gather clothes for the McClaney family.

Stephens, a Charles Henderson High School student, is also the daughter of a Troy Firefighter. She watched as firefighters fought to put out a blaze at the house in the 200 block of Glenwood Avenue on April 23.

The house was declared a total loss and family members, who were not home at the time of the fire, returned on Friday to see what could be salvaged.

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“I’ve always like helping people, but in situations like that I know they don’t have anything left,” Stephens said. “They didn’t have any clothes left, so I decided I would help them. They came back Friday and were going through the house, but there was nothing they could keep.”

Stephens said the family had lived in the house for more than 13 years, and since her initial push to get donations, they had received an enormous amount of clothing items donated.

“We have tons of clothes now,” Stephens said. “They’re really needing furniture, kitchen stuff and shoes. They don’t have any shoes yet. I think that’s really it. We have a lot of clothes already, but it’s mainly shoes and furniture they need now.”

The family is currently in need of women clothing items as well as men’s items. The women’s items should be size 10 for pants, medium or large sized shirts and a size 8.5 for shoes. Men’s clothing should be pants sizes 36/32, 36/34 and 40/32. Men’s shirts should be sizes large or extra-large. Shoes men’s sizes 11.5 and 12 are also welcome.

Stephens said anyone looking to donate items could contact her at 482-1688 or those hoping to donate just clothes and smaller household items may contact Kelsey Wilkes at 372-3883. Donations can also be dropped off at Confetti Crate located off The Square. Confetti Crate is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.