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Weekend fire leaves mother and four children without a home just before Christmas

GoFundMe made to support family
Posted at 10:41 PM, Dec 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-23 18:21:51-05

LANCASTER, N.Y. (WKBW) — Lancaster Police confirm a woman and four children are displaced after a fire Saturday night at 49 School Street.

According to a GoFundMe page set up by the sister of the woman, the house is a total loss. She says one of the children has severe autism who needs sensory calming tactics, all of which was lost in the fire.

"It's just shocking like seeing how your life just changed in one instance. You're just going to watch the game and you come back and your house [isn't] there," said Michael Ludwig, who lived in the house with his mother and three siblings.

Peggy Ludwig was in the house, preparing for Christmas with her daughters when the smoke alarm went off.

"Smoke was black and billowing up faster than we could get away from it...I definitely did not think we were going to make it out. Not all of us," said Ludwig.

The Ludwig family made it out okay, as did their pets.

In just a few days the GoFundMe has raised over $30,000 to help them deal with the aftermath.

A benefit was held for the family on Monday at Elite Dance Company in Bowmansville. People collected donations of clothing and toiletries and more to help support the family.

"Very heartwarming, I wasn't ready for it...It's a Christmas miracle," said Michael Ludwig.

The Ludwigs hope to rebuild their home.