A Mandan family frantically woken up by a neighbor, to realize a nightmare had become their reality. Late last night a Mandan family watched their home burn to the ground after a vehicle parked outside started on fire and spread to the house. Although the home was a total loss, luckily everyone made it out unharmed.
KX News Reporter Malique Rankin spoke to the family about how they’re coping through this tragedy.
Kristina Dirk; House Fire Survivor: “We ran and got our two boys downstairs and our baby upstairs and I gave my baby to my nextdoor neighbor across the road.”
The Dirk family was woken up by a neighbor late Tuesday night, alerting them their house had caught fire.
And as they waited for the fire trucks to arrive, they saw their life’s possessions burn to the ground.
Kristina Dirk; House Fire Survivor: “Just watching, and worrying, and trying to comfort our children.”
Family photos, wedding rings, and even a favorite stuffed animal, gone.
Kristina Dirk; House Fire Survivor: “My little four year old carries around this bunny everywhere with him.”
After an hour of fighting the fire, the Mandan Rural Fire Chief said the time came to make a tough call.
Lynn Gustin; Mandan Rural Fire Chief: “Then we finally made a decision there was nothing salvageable anymore so we went defensive and it went to the ground.”
And this heartbroken mother says not to take a moment for granted.
Kristina Dirk; House Fire Survivor: “Hug your children every night because you don’t know what could happen. Five more minutes and we might not have had our children…”
The Red Cross is assisting the family as they start over, they met with the Dirk’s earlier today to assess their needs. If you’d like to help them, you can donate to the Red Cross or drop off clothes for the family at Spee Dee Delivery off Apple Creek Road.
Click here for the American Red Cross.
Click here for Spee Dee Delivery.
Family friends are asking to please take any donations to Spee Dee delivery at 3909 Apple Creek rd. Suite D. Below are some of the family’s clothing and shoe sizes.
Clothes sizes 24 month-2T, Size 6 shoe
Size 5, size 12 shoe
Size 10-12 or Med, Size 5 shoe
Size XL or XXL mens,
Size large or extra large womens. Size 12 or 14 pants. Size 8 or 8.5 shoe/boot