Family stays strong after Racine fire tragedy

CREATED Nov 11, 2012

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WAUWATOSA - Five-year-old Luther Scott remains in critical condition and in ICU at Children's Hospital in Wauwatosa Sunday night.

His grandmother says he's not conscious, but that his strength has not gone unnoticed, even by doctors.

It's in that fight that Shirrly Scott and her family find hope.

Luther's two young sisters were killed when a fire tore through their home last Thursday. His brother Michael died from his injuries Friday.

Their mother Deborah escaped, unable to save her children in the thick smoke.

"She's living minute-by-minute, we can't even go hour for hour yet," Scott says. "As long as she's dwelling on Luther, there is that strength."

Shirly says the community's support has been simply amazing.

After hearing of the family's loss, Reid's New Golden Gate Funeral Home in Racine stepped up to pay for all three funerals.

"When we knew we had two funerals, we were thinking 'Oh my God, what are we going to do'," Scott says "Then the community stepped up."

A local church donated cemetery plots.

It's a burden lifted from this grandmother's shoulders, allowing her to focus on keeping her daughter mentally strong through the unthinkable.

"So that she'll be able to take care of her baby that's left," Scott says.

It's compassion from the community that's touched this family to the core.

"I Just want them to know we are so grateful for the outpouring of love," Scott says.

If you want to help the Scott family, there are funds set up at The Associated Bank and Educators Credit Union. This Thursday, the Culver's at 21st and Green Bay will donate a portion of the day's take to the Scott family.