Woman seeks help for Oakwood family after fire

OAKWOOD – An Oakwood woman is asking for donations for a family that lost all of their belongings in a house fire on Sunday.

The fire at 401 Scott St. started a little after 6 a.m.

Shane Wynn; his two sons, Adam and Scott; his girlfriend, Cassie Parker; and Parker's 2-year-old son, Wyatt, were home when the fire broke out. They escaped without injury.

But "the only thing they got out of there with was what they wore to bed," said Lori Meyers, Wynn's niece, who is collecting donations on the family's behalf.

"It's been pretty rough on them," she continued, adding that both Wynn and Parker recently were laid off from their jobs at Heatcraft.

As of Wednesday, the cause was still unknown, said Tony Frye, chief of the Oakwood Fire Protection District. He said an investigator from the state fire marshal's office is looking into whether it started in a breezeway connecting the house and garage.

When firefighters arrived, the breezeway and garage were engulfed in fire, Frye said. It quickly spread to the two-story wood-frame house.

"We had a pretty good wind. The wind and ... the structure of the house made it difficult to put out," Frye said, adding Oakwood, FMC, Kickapoo and Catlin were on the scene until 3:30 p.m.

Meyers said the family stayed in a local hotel until Wednesday, when they were able to move into a house two doors down from theirs. The owner is letting them rent the house, which had been for sale.

Other community members have stepped up to help the family, too, Meyers and Frye said. A neighbor donated a car, and other residents brought clothing and other items as the house was burning.

But Meyers said the family still needs to replace furniture, appliances, home furnishings, clothes and shoes. Clothing sizes that are needed are: Men's 36-by-36, 34-by-36 and 32-by-34 jeans; men's extra-large and large shirts and coats; men's shoes sizes 14, 12 and 10; women's 34-by-36 jeans; woman's extra-large shirts and coats; women's shoes size 10; 2T pants; 3T shirts and coat; boys' shoes size 8; and diapers size 6.

To donate those items or cash and gift cards, call Meyers at 354-2823 or 304-2254. People can also donate to the Shane Wynn fund at United Community Bank in Oakwood.

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