Family mourns death of beloved father, brother after Andover house fire
ANDOVER, Kan. (KWCH) - Update Monday: Family identified Dustin Klug as the man who died in the Sunday morning house fire in Andover. Klug is remembered as a father and beloved neighbor. His wife, Delilah, and son, Devin, are in critical condition at a Wichita hospital after escaping the fire by jumping from a second-floor window. The daughter was not home when the fire happened.
Klug’s brother and sister, Sarah Biggs and Shawn Klug visited the destroyed home on Monday, trying to piece together the loss of their brother.
“He was the best brother a guy could have, man, always there for all of us and the family,” Shawn said. “(He) cared deeply about the family. This is just a terrible loss.”
The bond the siblings shared was unbreakable, they said. Sarah and Shawn said they and Dustin were constantly in communication with one another. Shawn and Sarah said Friday was the last time he spoke with his brother.
The family also lost the house where they gathered for holidays.
“We’ve had so many Thanksgivings in this house for years. It’s hard, it’s hard to be standing here right now,” Shawn said.
The family continues to ask for prayers and support. A GoFundMe has been set up to help the Klugs in their recovery process.
Sunday night update: An Andover family mourns the death of a loved one after a house fire in the early hours of Sunday morning. Neighbors and family members are now trying to piece together the tragedy.
“It’s a total loss,” said Isaiah Taylor, whose first and second cousins were involved in the fire. “I don’t think anybody can imagine having to start all the way back over from ground zero.”
Delilah and her son Devin escaped the fire by jumping from the windows of the second floor of their home. Both are now in the hospital. The family says Devin is okay and recovering from his injuries. Delilah is currently sedated due to damage to her lungs from the smoke.
The community is stepping up to support the family impacted by this devastating fire and will be there for them every step of the way through the recovery process.
“Some are making meals and such and coming together and doing laundry for them,” said Chad Langhofer, President of HOA in Green Valley 5th and 6th edition. “It’s an honor to be able to do it.”
Neighbors are also lending a helping hand in other ways. Neighbors plan on creating a GoFundMe fundraiser to help support the family and get them back on their feet.
“Anytime we can come together and help our friends and family we will definitely be doing that,” said Angela McKenna, Green Valley HOA board member.
Update: Andover Fire-Rescue confirmed that one person was killed in an overnight house fire early Sunday morning.
The fire started in the 300 block of S. Clubhouse Circle in Andover where fire crews were called around 1:40 a.m. Two people were transported by Butler County EMS to the burn center.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
A four-alarm fire in Andover overnight leaves two people in critical condition and another person unaccounted for.
A neighbor noticed the fire in the 300 block of S. Clubhouse Circle shortly after 1:30 a.m. Sunday and called 911. When police and fire crews got to the scene, they found a woman and her 17-year-old son on the roof of the burning home.
Police were able to help them down. Both were rushed to the hospital in critical condition.
Andover Fire Chief Chad Russell tells us the father remains unaccounted for, but they believe he is still in the home. A young girl also lives there but was staying the night at another house.
“The little girl was away from home,” Chief Russell said. “So she is safe at another home.”
Fire crews have only been able to search a small portion of the home because the flames spread so fast and caused so much damage.
“We had a lot of collapses,” said Chief Russell. “So, the second floor has collapsed into the first floor in a few places, and the roof that didn’t burn off has collapsed into the second floor.”
Firefighters from several departments spent the early-morning hours battling intense flames and putting out hot spots. Officials say they had to wait for daylight so they could better assess the situation inside the home.
Chief Russell tells us the fire is devastating for the community.
“All of the neighborhoods in Andover are tight-knit communities,” Chief Russell said. “That’s one of the things we love about living here. And all of these neighbors are so concerned because they know these people intimately.”
There’s no word yet on what caused the fire. The Kansas State Fire Marshal was called in to help investigate.
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