TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) “We’re not. We just are not. A lot of prayers. We are just asking people for prayers. We’re not coping very well right now,” said Donna Fouts, Cassandra’s grandmother.
The Luckey family relocated to Twin Falls to stay with in-laws after they lost their entire life to Hurricane Harvey flooding. Their house in Orange, Texas, flooded and the father's place of business was under nine feet of water, so they moved to Idaho to be closer to family for a fresh start.
“We brought them up here so that everybody will be safe, because they lost everything there. They lost everything. ... And we brought them up here, bought the motor home and we put them here so they would be safe,” Fouts said
Twin Falls Sheriff's Office tells KMVT News 2-year-old Cassandra Luckey was taking a nap in the motor home Monday afternoon when the fire started. Her mother stepped into the adjacent home and by the time they noticed the smoke it was too late.
“They brought their turtle and it was in one of those enclosure things, and the cat that she got from the humane society, I guess knocked the heat lamp off, and the heat lamp got the trailer on fire,” said Fouts. “It’s just starting over again."
The family didn’t have much when they left Texas and now they have even less.
“They need a place to live. They’re going to need another vehicle. They had over $1,000 saved up for a car and it was in the trailer that burned. Everything they had burned with them. They only have the stuff they had on. They’re starting all over again.”
But the families' fear about funeral costs disappeared. Parks Funeral Home will completely cover the expenses.
“My husband and I were so worried because we were trying to figure out what we were going to sell. We were up all night trying to figure it out, what we were going to sell because we don’t have the money. We don’t have the money we didn’t know what we were going to do. We didn’t know how we were going to bury our granddaughter,” Fouts said.
There are two ways to help donate to the Luckey family.
There is a remembrance account through Farmer's Bank in Cassandra Luckey's name. A donation can be made at any Farmer’s Bank location with 100 percent proceeds going directly back to the family.
A GoFundMe page titled Luckey Funeral Costs & Christmas is also available for an online option.
Clarification: A family member called KMVT to clarify that the family's home in Texas flooded, but it was at the business where the father worked that was under nine feet of water. The father lost his tools and truck at the business.