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Fundraiser scheduled to help family who lost home and girl injured, in fire

Callie (on the left), with her sister Kattie.  Photo courtesy of the family via Facebook. Callie (on the left), with her sister Kattie. Photo courtesy of the family via Facebook.

Updated March 18, 2013:  A fundraiser will be held Saturday, April 6 at Southeast High School in Cherokee to help the family of Callie Whaley.

Callie is an eight year old and a student at Weir whose family lost everything in a fire.  Callie was also severely injured in the fire is at Shriners Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The fundraiser will be held Saturday, April 6 at the Southeast High School cafeteria.  For $3 per person you will receive soup, dessert, cornbread, crackers, coffee and tea.

The fundraiser will help pay for family and medical expenses.

Updated March 14, 2013:  An account has been set up at Labette Bank for anyone who'd like to help out a Weir, Kansas family that lost everything in a fire this past weekend.

If you would like to help the family says somebody will be at the location throughout the day - 8790 Northeast 20th Street, just outside of Weir.

In addition to clothing (sizes listed below), blankets, pillows, a couple of beds for the girls, towels, washcloths, pots and pans will be needed.

  • Kattie - girls 6-6x
  • Callie - girls 7-8, size 13 youth shorts or 1 adult
  • Cord - boys 29x32, Medium-Large, size 10-11 shoes
  • Curtis - boys large 30x36 or 40, size 11 shoes, needs XL coat
  • Linda - Women's G.V. 12, Tops XL, Panties 7, Jeans 14-16, Bra 42D, size 10 shoes
  • Jamy - Women's XL (15-16) Pants, Tops-Large, Sports Bra-Large
  • Marjorie - Women's XL-XXL night gowns

Updated March 11, 2013:  Heroics were key in a weekend fire. One home is gone. Another is severely damaged. Eight year old Callie Whaley is now at Shriners Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is scheduled to have skin grafts done on Tuesday.

But everyone is alive.

Inside the home on the western edge of Weir, Kansas were six people - three of them children - when the fire started late Saturday night.

At the time Wade Mays was getting home from a date with his girlfriend.

"I heard a big explosion, came outside, there was flames everywhere, I started checking to make sure everyone was out and the little girl wasn't," Wade says.

His step-sister, eight year old Callie, was still inside.

"I wrapped towels around my arms and legs and then crawled through the kitchen and just felt around and I heard her, and then I didn't hear her no more," Wade says. "So I just keep crawling to where I heard her last and she was under the coffee table. The coffee table had collapsed down on her."

"She has her stomach burnt, her face burnt, and her right foot is burnt real bad," Wade says.

After Callie was rescued Wade's brother, Cord Mays, escaped through his window.

The brothers both went back in looking for their 89-year old great grandmother, Marjorie Ferguson.

"I grabbed her feet and my brother grabbed her hands,which was the best way to get her out we thought,and we carried her and we set her over there by the straw bales and just laid her on the grass and got a blanket around her that we had out in storage out here, until the ambulance got here," says Cord.

"It's true bravery," says Cherokee County Emergency Management Director Jason Allison. "That's what we're trained for, but anytime when it's your family it's very heroic to go back in and try to do anything you can because by the amount of fire that was on scene when we got there it was all the way through the roof and heavy fire throughout the house so it was very heroic for them to go back in."

Callie, Cord and their grandmother, Marjorie, were transported to Via Christi Hospital. Callie is now at Shriners Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is scheduled to have skin grafts done on Tuesday.

Cord can thank his brother, Wade, that she's still alive.

"I don't think she'd be here if he wasn't here," says Cord.

Both Cord and Marjorie have since been released from the hospital.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The family lost three dogs in the fire and did not have insurance. The family is working to repair the other home on the property, which received some water damage as well as damage to the siding due to the heat.

If you would like to help the family says somebody will be at the location throughout the day - 8790 Northeast 20th Street, just outside of Weir.

In addition to clothing (sizes listed below), blankets, pillows, a couple of beds for the girls, towels, washcloths, pots and pans will be needed.

  • Kattie - girls 6-6x
  • Callie - girls 7-8, size 13 youth shorts or 1 adult
  • Cord - boys 29x32, Medium-Large, size 10-11 shoes
  • Curtis - boys large 30x36 or 40, size 11 shoes, needs XL coat
  • Linda - Women's G.V. 12, Tops XL, Panties 7, Jeans 14-16, Bra 42D, size 10 shoes
  • Jamy - Women's XL (15-16) Pants, Tops-Large, Sports Bra-Large
  • Marjorie - Women's XL-XXL night gowns

Posted March 10, 2013:  Several people are injured in a late night house fire in Weir, Kansas.

Crews responded to a house fire at about 11:50 Saturday night at 8790 N.E. 20th street.

Three people were inside at the time, an 8 year old,16 year old and an 89 year old. All three were transported to Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg. So far the 16 year old has been released.The 89 year old was admitted for minor injuries and smoke inhalation. The 8 year old was later transported by aircraft to the Shriner's Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. Three other occupants escaped without injury.

The Kansas State Fire Marshall's office is investigating the fire.

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