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VIDEO – The Fire That Destroyed a Home, But Not a Family

April 20, 2016

It as a normal Saturday evening for Regis Jesuit Freshman Freddie Ingham, when the floor beneath him started to feel hot.  Moments later, Freddie had saved his brother and his brother’s friend from a fire that destroyed the home of their childhood.  But the family found solace in knowing what really matters in life…

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  1. Kate Price on July 15th, 2016 1:36 pm

    I’m the mother of a Regis Jesuit alum (Andrew Price’04). I was very moved by the story of the Ingraham family losing their home a few months ago. I just read about it in the Summer 2016 issue of The Raider.

    The Ingraham’s great loss is particularly meaningful to me because we lost our home, which is just across Parker Road from RJ, on Good Friday, 2011. Fortunately, everyone – including our three dogs – got out of the house without injury, but my husband and I know the pain and disorientation that comes with a catastrophic house fire. We also know well the frustration and anger that is part and parcel of dealing with insurance adjustors and building contractors. One thing that helped me each day following our fire was the recognition that, as bad as things were – and things are always very bad after a devastating house fire – everyone survived; no one was injured in any way.

    When our son Andrew was in first grade, one of his close friend’s family home was destroyed by a fire and two children perished, with a third suffering severe burns. After our fire, there were many times that the enormity of the event and all the practical needs of life, plus putting a home back together, felt overwhelming and led, I’m ashamed to say, times of self-pity, genuine rage, and a bit of despair. However, memories of this other family and their far, far greater losses helped me get our situation back into its proper proportion. Beginning each day with a prayer of gratitude that it was just material things that we lost helped me cope and even grow from the experience. Do I wish the fire had never happened? Of course I do! Can I use my experience of this, gratefully, somewhat rare and extraordinary event to be of help to others? I sincerely hope so!

    I share this as a way of reaching out to the Ingraham family. If there is any way that I can be of help, if only as an experienced and empathetic listener, I’d be honored and humbled to be of service.

    My daily prayer for the Ingraham family will be for peace of mind, as well as the comfort and familiarity of family and friends, and the healing that comes with time.

    Sincerely,
    Kate Price

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  2. Wendy on October 27th, 2016 9:10 pm

    I went to school with Charli in 4th grade. I even saw the smoke from the fire and thought it was a bushfire.

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