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Thieves break into fire-ravaged home of Deerfield Township family

There’s been another setback for a Deerfield Township family who barely escaped a fire last month that destroyed their home.

After the Rowe family lost their home in the March 13 fire that forced them to jump from a second story window and took the life of their beloved dog, they have had to try and cope as best they can.  However, that has been put to the test again after someone broke into the fire-damaged house, their barns, and their cars.

The break-in happened last Thursday and is being investigated by the Michigan State Police. According to a post by Lindsay Rowe, authorities are “feeling really good about what they are finding,” although she asks anyone who lives in the area to contact her.

“This community and the people in it have been absolute angels and given us so much light in our darkest hour,” she posted. “People are amazing. But I guess there are always a few bad apples. Please know, if you plan to rob us of what little we have left, we WILL find you and we will prosecute you to the fullest.”

A GoFundMe with a $200,000 goal has collected more than $175,000, although much of that is expected to go towards medical bills for the couple and their five children, all of whom were initially hospitalized, but have since been released.

Also, a fundraiser is scheduled for Wednesday, April 12th from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Howell, which will donate 20% of customers total bill (not including tax, gratuity or promotional discounts) to assist the family.

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