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Uncle: Family overwhelmed with support after deadly Minneapolis fire

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MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -

The uncle of the five children who died after their Minneapolis home caught fire said his family is overwhelmed by the support they've received and it is helping them through their grief.

Two children remain hospitalized, and Roy Lewis told Fox 9 News his entire family has come to the Twin Cities to support their father as they hope for their recovery.

"They were happy little kids," Lewis said. "A loving father -- and he looked out for them and tried to make their life a happy life."

Now, the family is focusing on Shaca and Electra, both of whom are in critical condition at HCMC. Even so, Lewis said the family is optimistic they will survive.

"They are not getting worse," Lewis said. "They are progressing to better health."

Lewis said his family has been inundated with messages of support and condolences that are coming in from across the country.

"Try to wrap your mind around it, it's just so startling," Lewis said.

After losing five nephews and nieces all at once, Lewis struggles to hold back tears, but he said the outreach from the community has helped the family stay strong.

"When I saw how the people of Minneapolis and the state of Minnesota stepped forward, that helped us get up and say, 'Let's go up here and take care of this and our loved ones,'" Lewis said.

 

Many have asked the family what they can do to help, and Lewis said continuing to pray and build the memorial sitting outside the family's home will help them as they prepare for the funerals.

"That kind of thing really touches the family," he said. "They see that, and it helps them get beyond this."

As for funerals, they can be costly. The family is currently applying for assistance from the county, but Margaret Brooks, from Brooks Funeral Home, said her family will cover the remainder because it's the right thing to do.

"This is my brother," she said. "Even though he's not kin to me, I am his keeper. He's my keeper, so I am going to help him."

No funeral dates have been set because the father of the children who died is still deciding how best to remember them.

As for donations, the family is also in need of everyday living items and clothes for the children who are recovering. More information on what to donate and where can be found here.

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