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Thieves Steal from Fire Victims
Monday, May 16, 2011


LEXINGTON, SC (WLTX) -- A family in Lexington became victims twice overnight.

It started when their house on Wise Ferry Road caught fire just before 1 a.m. Friday. It took 25 firefighters about two hours control the flames. Two firefighters received minor injuries and were treated and released at Lexington Medical Center.

For the Arial family, the devastation didn't stop with the destruction of their belongings.

"I'm an artist. My whole studio is burned, totally ruined," Margaret Arial says.

"It looked like we were going to lose everything, pretty much everything that was in the house is gone," David Arial says. When the Arial family thought things couldn't get worse, they say they were robbed.

"I didn't even realize what was happening, because I thought the truck was stopped for the intersection and they were dealing with traffic," Margaret says.

Lexington County officials say a semi tractor trailer parked in front of the burnt house and items were stolen from a dresser set outside.

"All the drawers had been emptied out of all my husband's real high quality tools all custom made woodworking tools that he was going to retire in a year-and-a-half and get to enjoy," Margaret says.

"My husband's wallet was on the table, and I had given him the money to go pay a couple bills today, and they took the money," a cousin living in the home, Shannon Shepard, says. The incident is adding insult to an already injured family.

"Everything else can be replaced. I mean, yeah, we lost pictures and sentimental things, but our lives are more important," Shepard says.

If you've seen a yellow and green semi tractor trailer in Lexington or have any information, please call Crimestoppers of the Midlands at 1-888-CRIME-SC or by texting a tip to "CRIMES" beginning with the term "TIPSC."

Source: http://www.wltx.com/news/article/136534/2/Thieves-Steal-from-Fire-Victims

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