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Newtown shooting survivors left homeless by fire

This Thursday, March 28, 2013 photo shows a house belonging to the Barth family on Berkshire Road in Newtown, Conn., the day after it was destroyed by fire.
Tyler Sizemore,AP Photo/The News-Times

NEWTOWN, Conn. A Newtown home destroyed by a fire this week was owned by a couple whose children survived the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in December.

The News-Times of Danbury reports that Wednesday afternoon's fire left Hans and Audra Barth and their three children homeless. The American Red Cross has put them up in a hotel.

Two of their children attended Sandy Hook Elementary School, including a first-grader in teacher Kaitlin Roig's classroom. Roig has been called a hero for barricading her students in a bathroom as the shooter killed 20 other first-graders and six educators.

Friends say the family lost everything in the fire, and their pet dog and several baby chickens died. St. Rose of Lima Church is taking donations.

According to the News-Times, people can make donations to the Barth Family Fund at

The cause of the fire is under investigation.