Jan 26, 2011 4:12 PM by Andy Koen

Community rallies around family burned by house fire

It's been a week and a half since a fire destroyed the Sabino family's home on Chesham Circle which they shared with their relatives the Cordovas. Tom Sabino, 44 and his son Tyler, 10, were severely burned and are still recovering at hospitals in Utah and Denver respectively.

Tom's brother in law, Garrett Medlock says the family is optimistic about their progress.

"Tyler's doing better than I thought he would, but he's a trooper. He's staying in there being strong and it looks good for him and Tom he's a tough guy too but it's going to be a long tough road for him," Medlock said.

At Jackson Elementary School where Tyler and his sister go to school, there has been an outpouring of support. Principal Anne Dancy says Tyler is "a very sweet boy, a very creative boy, a very kind person."

She says the students, parents and teachers there have raised over a thousand dollars for the family. They have also collected so many clothes, toys and other donations that they've begun using a modular for storage.

"It just reaffirms what you know that there's basic goodness in people and this is a way of reaffirming that." Anne Dancy.

Chick-fil-A is helping out too. Marketing director Torie Giffin says Medlock contacted her last week to see if there was any way the restaurant could help out.

The chain is donating 15 percent of all of its sales today from all four Colorado Springs stores to the families.

"I don't think there can be enough support for this family right now,"Giffin said.

Medlock says the family appreciate all of the support.

"With this tough economic time, it's been great for all the help that we've gotten."

Cash donations are also being accepted at any Wells Fargo Bank in the name of the Sabino Family Fund.


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