ELYRIA — Danny Taylor II credits his 7-year-old son with saving the lives of their family after their mobile home went up in flames Monday.
Taylor’s son, Dicoda, woke up to flames Monday morning, and instead of running out the door, he crawled through the smoke, waking up the rest of the family.
“He said he didn’t want his mommy and daddy to die,” said Taylor’s sister, Danielle Abouelhana.
The fire quickly engulfed the home. Firefighters were called to 122 Pennsylvania Ave. at 3:34 a.m., but the home was declared a total loss.
Assistant Fire Chief Ron Brlas said the fire is being ruled accidental because of an electrical issue behind the family’s television, although investigators are unsure if the television caused the blaze.
The family escaped with no injuries, but they were sent to the hospital for smoke inhalation. Taylor remembers throwing his wife, April, out of a window after she blacked out from the smoke. He quickly had to throw his three children on top of her before the fire swallowed them up.
The children — Dicoda, Kaley, 2, and Makena, 2 months — are staying with family members in separate homes. Taylor’s 11-year-old daughter was staying with her mother at the time of the fire.
Taylor said he is looking for a place to live, but with no homeowner’s insurance, the family is left with nothing.
“Right now, we’re looking for a place. … We’re trying to get the family back together,” he said.
Taylor said April, understandably, does not want to live in another mobile home.
“We do not want to live in another trailer after how fast it went up in flames,” he said.
The trailer, which is uninhabitable, has severe smoke and water damage. Taylor said he was unable to salvage any of the contents, besides a couple birth certificates and custody papers.
Abouelhana, said that, with the help of Brian Lowe, she is working on setting up a fundraiser for the family. The fundraiser will be 6 to 10 p.m. July 13 at C Mulligan’s Pub, 6450 Pitts Blvd., North Ridgeville.
Abdouelhana said she hopes to raise enough money to help the family with new living arrangements.
“My brother, I think he carries so much weight, he wants to break down and cry,” she said.
Lowe, a local disc jockey, has worked at weddings for the family and said he was eager to help out.
He said, in addition to karaoke, a 50/50 raffle will be held at the fundraiser. Proceeds will be given to Taylor’s family, and donations will be accepted at the event.
Taylor, who has been getting donations of clothes from community members, said he also will accept donations at the home where he is staying, 127 Pennsylvania Ave., Elyria.
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