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Fire Destroys Home Of 2 Children Who Survived Newtown School Shooting

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Newtown sign. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

Newtown sign. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — A Newtown home destroyed by a fire this week was owned by a couple whose children survived the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in December.

The News-Times of Danbury reports  that Wednesday afternoon’s fire left Hans and Audra Barth and their three children homeless. The American Red Cross has put them up in a hotel.

Two of their children attended Sandy Hook Elementary School, including a first-grader in teacher Kaitlin Roig’s classroom. Roig has been called a hero for barricading her students in a bathroom as Adam Lanza killed 20 other first-graders and six educators.

Friends say the family lost everything in the fire, and their pet dog and several baby chickens died. St. Rose of Lima Church is taking donations.

“The house is going to have to come down, the fire department told them,” family friend Christine Wilford said.

No one was home at the time of the fire that started around 3:30 Wednesday afternoon.

The fire came the same day a judge ruled that search warrants from the Newtown school shooting investigation could be made public.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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