Chauncey Raue “lost his life saving his most precious possession — his family,” says family friend Jennifer Westcott.
Community rallies around Raue family following fire that claims father of three
Chauncey died trying to save his family from the fire that broke out around 1:30 a.m. Friday, May 11.
While Chauncey’s wife, Brittany and two sons escaped unharmed, another son, Isaac, suffered first and second degree burns and will be hospitalized for an extensive amount of time.
The Go Fund Me page that Westcott set up after the fire had raised more than $12,000 by Friday night.
The Raues attended Blessed Hope Church, where another fund has been set up for the family.
“The Raue family will have many needs and any donation is greatly appreciated and will be used to help the family with rebuilding their lives,” says Westcott.
The 911 call reporting the fire indicated to authorities that there was still a male inside of the burning building. The Raues lived about three miles straight south of Brandon on the gravel road named 25th Avenue.
The Iowa Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the fire.