User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


67° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Mothers Lose Everything In Mitchell House Fire

September 26, 2012, 6:00 PM by Ben Dunsmoor

Mothers Lose Everything In Mitchell House Fire
MITCHELL, SD -

Two single mothers are picking up the pieces following a fire that ripped through their rental home.

It happened in Mitchell over the weekend. The women were able to escape but still lost everything.

The fire started in their rental home at the corner of E. 1st Avenue and S. Hunter Street early Saturday morning and it consumed the entire inside of the house.

Tanisha Jeno and her two-year-old son along with Chelsea Lutz and her three-year-old daughter had decided to move in together to help save some money. The two women and their toddlers are still searching for a place to live.

The fire started near the water heater in the laundry room and woke up another friend who was staying in the house who then woke up Lutz who had just finished working an overnight shift.

"This is what I got out with.  My clothes, with my hoodies that I left in the car that night when I got off work" Lutz said.

The two single mothers had just moved into the house five days before the fire. They didn't have renter's insurance and all they have now are the clothes on their back.

Fortunately, Jeno was in Huron that morning with her two-year-old son because her room in the house is right next to the utility room where the fire started.

"I thought maybe we would be able to take some things out of here, but then they let us look and it was heartbreaking that everything we worked hard for was gone," Jeno said.

The two women say the smoke detectors were in a drawer in the kitchen and hadn't been put up yet. And while they've lost everything, they say they're fortunate that no one was hurt and that they were able to salvage a few valuables and pictures.

"The one thing they brought out of my room, the only thing they gave me, was a picture book. It was shoved in the back of my closet," Jeno said.

"The important things, the things that really did matter, survived," Lutz said.

And that's all that matters to the two mothers who are now searching for a new place to call home after only living in this one for less than a week.

There is a fund set up for the women at the First National Bank in Mitchell.

Tanisha Jeno and Chelsea Lutz Fire Fund

First National Bank
210 North Lawler Street
Mitchell, SD

605-996-7755

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View news

You may also like

Two People Go To Hospital Following Fight

7/28/2014 11:30 AM

Sioux Falls Police say a large fight behind the Best Buy store on 41st Street landed two people in the hospital early Sunday morning.

Full Story
Fmr. Walworth State's Attny. Charged With Rape

7/30/2014 1:27 PM

The former Walworth County State's Attorney has been arrested and charged with three counts of first-degree rape.

Full Story
Clerk Hurt During Attempted Robbery

7/27/2014 8:07 AM

Sioux Falls police are investigating an early morning attempted armed robbery that injured a clerk at a west-side convenience store.

Full Story
Two 16-Year-Olds Arrested In Vandalism Spree

7/25/2014 11:30 AM

According to Sioux Falls Police, two 16-year-olds were arrested overnight after a vandalism spree.

Full Story
Severe Thunderstorm Hits Corsica

7/26/2014 5:55 PM

Severe storms dropped heavy rain and large hail today in many parts of KELOLAND.

Full Story | Watch


Events