Dehumidifier sparks West Bend home explosion

Posted at 9:51 PM, Sep 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-28 23:28:12-04

WEST BEND -- Charred walls and soggy floors don't look so bad to the Craig family since they know things could be a lot worse.

"I don't want to live it again I'll tell you that and I wouldn't want it for anyone else, but in the end Lydia is going to be fine and that's all I really care about," explained Jim Craig, Father.

An explosion woke Julie Craig and three of her kids sleeping in their West Bend home Monday morning. When they got outside, Kyle Craig knew his sister, who suffers from Down Syndrome, was in the basement where the fire started.

"I tried to get back in the house. I made it like 10 feet and the smoke was just suffocating," said Kyle Craig, 23.

Kyle broke a basement window from the outside.

"Kind of just pushed it open and then we were yelling down here and we could hear her," explained Kyle Craig.

18-year-old Lydia was in the midst of smoke for about 10 minutes.

"That was the worst part just being out there and knowing she's here 15 feet away," said Kyle Craig.

Dad rushed home when he got the call.

"The street looks like a war zone with all this equipment," said Jim Craig, father.

Firefighters rescued Lydia. She suffered from smoke inhalation and was put on a ventilator, but is doing better every day.

The family's church is doing what they can to help, while the Craigs are left salvaging what they can from their home.

"Because we really do care about the family and I feel what he's doing is important and then also the need is pretty great," explained Wayne Van Gelderen, Falls Baptist Church Head Pastor.

Falls Baptist Church set up a page where you can donate to the Craig's house fire fund.

Investigators told the family a dehumidifier exploded and that's what caused the fire. Officials estimate damage to be about $300,000. The Craigs don't have home insurance.