CBS4 viewers help Indy family that lost everything in house fire

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 11, 2016)-- Piles of clothes, shoes, and other everyday essentials are now in the hands of the Appleton sisters, their mom and stepdad, who lost everything in a house fire on the city’s west side.

“Everything is gone,” said the mother, Marla Hudson.

The family was asleep when the fire ripped through their home, destroying everything they owned. The two teen girls jumped out of the second story window to escape the fire, and their stepdad caught them on the way down. Now, with help from CBS4 viewers, the family is slowly rebuilding.

“People have donated jeans, t-shirts, teddy bears, and Valentine’s Day gifts. People have been so nice,” said Hudson.

Dozens of CBS4 viewers have reached out to help the family during the hardest time of their lives, donating bags of clothing and other items.

“I definitely wanted to reach out and help and provide what I had to the family. I hope that other people take that step and do the same thing,” said FOX59 viewer Sheila Bryson.

One of the girls remains in the hospital, suffering from severe burns.

“My daughter is burned from the shoulders to the wrists,” said Hudson.

Both teens are waking up in the middle of the night, afraid they are going to have to once again escape from a fire. With your help and donations, they are pushing forward one day at a time.

“It is a bad situation, but I have met a lot of nice people and they have been good to my girls and my whole family,” says Hudson.

The family still needs your help. You can donate to their crowdfunding page, or drop off clothing, money and household items at our station, located at 6910 Network Place Indianapolis, IN 46278.


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