Fire Guts Home of Newtown Survivors

2 of Barths' 3 children attended Newtown school

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Mar 29, 2013 11:27 AM CDT

(Newser) – A Newtown home destroyed by a fire this week was owned by a couple whose children survived December's Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. The News-Times of Danbury reports that Wednesday afternoon's fire left Hans and Audra Barth and their three children homeless. The American Red Cross has put them up in a hotel.

Two of their children attended Sandy Hook Elementary, including a first-grader in teacher Kaitlin Roig's classroom. Roig has been called a hero for barricading her students in a bathroom as Adam Lanza killed 20 other first-graders and six educators. Friends say the family lost everything in the fire, and their pet dog and several baby chickens died. The cause of the fire is under investigation. (In other Sandy Hook news, arrests warrants released yesterday detail what police found in Lanza's home.)

This photo shows a house belonging to the Barth family on Berkshire Road in Newtown, Conn., the day after it was destroyed by fire on Wednesday.
This photo shows a house belonging to the Barth family on Berkshire Road in Newtown, Conn., the day after it was destroyed by fire on Wednesday.   (AP Photo/The News-Times, Tyler Sizemore)
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