(CBS) — Neighbors, relatives and strangers have come to the aid of an Elgin family that recently was hit hard with a couple of major calamities.
On April 19, 54-year old truck driver John Estep passed away of a sudden heart attack. A week later, while a luncheon was underway after his funeral, the Estep house caught fire, and was severely damaged. The family’s two dogs and cat died in the fire, which firefighters believe was caused by an electrical problem in a microwave or a nearby outlet.READ MORE: South Shore Woman Sees Police Activity After Shooting Leaves Man Dead, Only To Find Out It Was Her Own Beloved Brother
“In a week’s time, their entire life was thrown upside down,” said Erica Gnadt, the goddaughter of Estep’s widow, Terri.