WASHINGTON — Sarah Rogers and her three children are starting over again.
Nearly four years after being displaced by an EF-4 tornado that ravaged Washington, they're without a home after a fire Sunday.
Their rental home at 404 Madison St., two blocks south of Lincoln Grade School in Washington, and car were destroyed by the late-afternoon fire that appears to have started in a carport. There were oxygen tanks in the home.
The cause of the fire had not been determined Monday.
Rogers, 34, a stay-at-home single mom, and her children Alysa, 14, Alivia, 11, and Aidan, 10, escaped from the burning home unharmed.
Alysa is an incoming freshman at Washington Community High School. Alivia is going into the seventh grade at Washington Middle School. Aidan will be a fifth-grader at the middle school.
The family did not have renter's insurance for their home. They had lived there about two years.
"I had to make a choice financially, and I went with full insurance coverage on my car," Rogers said.
She had the car, a 2000 Honda Accord, for only a few months.
Rogers and her children lived with her parents, John and Kay Grillot, at 1600 Fayette Ave., in Washington after moving from Texas in 2013. The home was destroyed by the Nov. 17, 2013, tornado and has since been rebuilt.
With help from longtime friend, short-time neighbor and fellow 2000 Washington Community High School graduate April Crotts, Rogers has begun the recovery process from the fire.
Her family stayed with the Crotts family Sunday night.
"The support we've received from the community has been amazing," Rogers said. "It started with the firefighters when they were fighting the fire. They were so kind to my kids."
Rogers said District 52 Superintendent Pat Minasian has provided a laptop for the family to use and district teachers have offered their help. Washington Middle School is in District 52.
The Washington-based Threads, Hope & Love ministry also has stepped up. One of the ministry's purposes is helping a family after a disaster like a fire.
A YouCaring online account has been set up for monetary donations. Gift cards and monetary donations to pay for a storage unit, rental assistance and items not donated can be dropped off or mailed to Threads, Hope & Love, 121 Zinser St., Washington, IL 61571 in care of the Rogers family.
The Red Cross has offered to pay for a few nights in a hotel and has provided a voucher for emergency clothing.
Also needed by the family, according to a post on the Washington Strong Facebook page:
* Boys size 12 shorts, extra-large shirts and size 6 shoes, girls adult medium shirts, size 14-16 shorts and size 6 shoes, and men's size 12 shoes, size 34 shorts and large shirts.
* Housewares in good, working condition.
* Chargers for cell phones (micro, not iPhone).
The children's bikes, and the family's PS3, iPod and laptop were lost in the fire, according to the Facebook post. Alysa is enrolled in high school summer classes and needs to use a laptop.
Rogers said she's looking to rent another home in Washington, preferably in District 52 so her younger children can stay at Washington Middle School. The family doesn't have pets.
Crotts can be reached at 678-6365.
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