Brazil City Fire Department officials are unable to officially determine the cause of a mobile home fire that displaced the tenants on Dec. 9.
Brazil Fire Chief Jim Smith said the cause would be officially listed as undetermined because of the extensive fire damage, although most of the severe fire damage occurred in an area around the mobile home's furnace.
"The inside of the mobile home was burnt beyond recognition," Brazil Fire Chief Jim Smith said. "We don't know if the cause was a faulty furnace or faulty wiring."
Shortly after 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9, city firefighters and all the department's firefighting equipment were dispatched to the home of Don Rogers and Patty Winn, 120 E. Ridge Street, which was fully engulfed upon arrival.
Although firefighters were able to quickly get control of the fire, the tennants lost most of their possessions.
"The family didn't have renter's insurance," Smith said.
The American Red Cross assisted in helping the family find a place to stay the night of the fire, but it will take more help to get them back on their feet, according to family member Jackie Rogers.
Rogers told The Brazil Times that the landlord, Charlie Reberger, quickly helped her aunt and uncle find a new place to live, but they need to replace all the lost furniture, cooking utensils, food and clothing lost in the fire.
"They lost everything," Rogers said. "It's been hard on them. We are so worried."
A diabetic, Don experienced problems with his oxygen tank while standing out in the cold the night of the fire, and has since become ill.
Patty, who has a pacemaker, has also become ill.
"The Lighthouse Mission helped out with some furniture items," Jackie said, adding that it has been difficult to find help for her family. "But, what they really need is clothing."
Clothing sizes for Don Rogers are pants waist 50 and length 29; shirts 2X-3X and diabetic socks and diabetic men's shoe size 8 1/2.
Clothing sizes for Patty Winn are 2X-3X for pants and shirts and size 11 1/2 women shoes.
Jackie Rogers said people who want to donate items to help her aunt and uncle, can leave them at her home at 203 Charles B. Hall Ave., located right behind East Side Elementary school.