Woman lost in fire loved her family above all

CREATED Apr. 24, 2013

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KENOSHA - A devastating house fire in Kenosha Wednesday morning has turned deadly. Dorothy Vines succumbed to her injuries Wednesday afternoon with her family by her side.

Cortnie Kuhart is one of several family members who live in the home, and got the call nobody wants to receive.

"She goes ‘They can't find your grandma.’ And at that moment, I just panicked," Kuhart said. "I'm like, I don't care about the house, where's my grandma?"

Sixty-seven-year-old Dorothy Vines was inside when the blaze began. Witnesses say the scene was chaotic.

"She said ‘My mom is in there.’ She started screaming and crying and running and we tried to calm her down,” said Dapri Ross, a witness.

Vines suffered second and third-degree burns on most of her body, and died a few hours later. Cortnie Kuhart was by her side.

Vines' loved ones describe her as a good person who liked her knitting and her coffee. But most of all, she loved her family.

"Life is very fragile and you don't want to take anything for granted because it can be gone in a flash," said Mike Ellinger, a relative.

Now, the family is left to figure out what to do. The house is a total loss, and everything inside is ashes.

"We lost everything," Kuhart said. "But it's OK because God doesn't give us a mountain we can't climb."

The family says they're grateful for the firefighters and EMTs who did all they could. Investigators haven't determined the cause of the fire yet, but right now they don't think it's suspicious.

Loved ones will be collecting items for the family who lived in the home, which included a 3-year-old, 5-year-old, their mom, grandparents and uncle. You can conate to the Kuhart and Toman families by dropping off any donatinos to Club Benes at 2827 63rd Street in Kenosha.