Michigan Nurse Devastated After Family Home Burns Down Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

A nurse working on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic in Michigan says she and her family have lost everything after their home burnt down.

Sarah Lauback, her husband David Lauback, and their five children made it out of their burning house in Holly, in Oakland County, on Sunday night, Fox 2 Detroit reported. But the property was completely destroyed in a fire that started in the attic.

"We are thankful none of our kids were in it, but everything we worked for went up in flames," Sarah Lauback, who is the director of nursing at a nursing home in Montrose, told the station. "My children pretty much lost everything they had."

She and her husband rushed their kids out of the home after seeing smoke and fire coming from the attic. David Lauback, a corrections officer, said within minutes of the family getting out, the house was ablaze.

A Detroit fire truck passes by the Children's Hospital of Michigan during a parade to support healthcare workers work during the COVID-19 pandemic on April 17, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

"I said everybody get out of the house, let's go, and we just got everybody out of the house at that point by the time we got out of the house—it was minutes—and the whole top of the house was on fire," he told Fox 2 Detroit.

Sarah Lauback's brother Paul Woody set up a GoFundMe page for donations to help the family.

"My sister Sarah lost her house on April 19, to a fire. Thankfully her husband and five kids made it out safely," Woody wrote on the fundraising page. "However, they left the house with only a few items and the clothes on their backs."

He added: "My sister is currently on the front line as a nurse during this pandemic, and now has the added burden of no house to go back to. We are asking any help, just so they can acquire some clothes and needed necessities. ANY help would be greatly appreciated."

In under 24 hours, the $10,000 target to help the family was hit.

The Lauback family has expressed its gratitude for the donations. "There's been so many people that don't even know us that have given to us, it's just amazing," David Lauback told Fox 2 Detroit. "Thank you to everybody that has tried to help us."

The family and the Holly Fire Department have been contacted for additional comment.

The fire occurred while a stay-at-home order is in effect in Michigan, one of the hardest-hit states in the U.S., to curb the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

There are 32,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state and 2,468 deaths, according to the latest figures from the state government.

This infographic, provided by Statista, shows the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases around the U.S. as of April 20.

This infographic shows the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases around the U.S. as of April 20. Statista

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