DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove family left without a home May 27 after an electrical fire have recently found a rental home large enough to accommodate its seven members, they said.
Sean Conway, his wife Megan, their five children and two dogs were awoken by smoke early on May 27 and escaped without injury. All of their possessions, and the interior of their home, which they had just bought four days previously, were destroyed.
Since then, the family has stayed in a hotel. Community generosity, especially at the schools attended by the five children, have helped the family piece together wardrobes and the other essentials needed to carry on.
"We'd just like to thank everyone in the community," Sean Conway said. "Everybody from the school district, to everybody on the baseball (team he coaches) really helped out a lot."
He said it was difficult to find a temporary home suitable for the family, and his insurance company eventually helped them track one down.
"There's actually not a whole lot for rent right now," he said. "Especially for that size of a family."
They hope to move into the rental this week, he added, and will likely stay there for six to eight months, or however long its takes to repair the home.
"We're going to fix the house back up," he said. "We want to stay there, all our kids are going to school there. We love the area and we don't want to leave.
"It's gonna be awhile but we'll get through it."
No fire department personnel was injured fighting the large fire that destroyed the interior of the home, and engulfed the neighborhood with smoke.
Investigators believe the fire was started by a furnace in or near the garage. Smoke eventually made it to the bedroom of daughter Morgan Conway, who woke the rest of the family, who then fled the house and waited outside barefoot as the Downers Grove Fire Department arrived and extinguished the blaze.
The Conway family had already moved in about 85 percent of their belongings after closing on the property four days before the fire.