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Herrin family saves urn from their burning home

11:02 AM, Mar 21, 2013   |    comments
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TROY, Ill. (KSDK) - A Troy, Illinois family who lost their home in a morning fire was able to save the ashes of their loved one.

Courtney Herrin said she and her boyfriend were sleeping and woke up to a pop noise in the garage around 5:30 a.m. Thursday. They went to check it out and saw the garage was on fire.

Herrin, her boyfriend and mother, Anne, were able to escape the flames coming from their home in the first block of Stone Brooke Street. They were able to run back inside and grab the urn containing the remains James Herrin, Courtney's father. They also saved a family photo.

James died of pancreatic cancer in December.

The home is a complete loss and two vehicles burned.  The family's cat was later found dead.

The Illinois State Fire Marshal will investigate the cause of the fire.

The American Red Cross is helping the family with immediate needs like food, clothing, bedding and eyeglasses.

In the meantime, a fund has been established to help the family recover from this incident.  Donations can be made at any US Bank branch in the name of "Anne Herrin."

KSDK

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