Family injured in Chili house fire talks to media

Posted at: 03/20/2013 10:23 AM
Updated at: 03/20/2013 10:40 PM

If you've ever had a loved one in the hospital, You know it how tough it can be.

Imagine having several family members suffer serious injuries and all be in the hospital at the same time. That's what happened to Joe Ogg.

Four members of his family were rescued from a burning home in Chili two months ago. A mail carrier on route noticed the fire and heard screams when she helped some of them to safety. They all suffered severe burns.

On Wednesday Joe said they are all doing much better.

His wife, 24 year-old Katelyn Ogg, is in satisfactory condition at Strong Memorial Hospital. Four year-old RJ and 9 month- old Mara have been released, as has Joe's mom, 67 year-old Judy Ogg.

On Wednesday he spoke with News10NBC about what his family has been through.

“She had a close call, definitely. She's lost a few pounds, but is definitely improving,” said Joe Ogg.

Joe Ogg says he hasn't been able to put his daughter Mara down since she was released from the hospital.

“She's just come a long long way. She's not really in any discomfort right now. She's moving right along,” he said.

Mara was 7 months old when she was pulled from the burning home. Doctors say this little girl is making an amazing recovery.

“It is rather remarkable. She certainly had an uphill battle since she came into the hospital,” said Dr. Derek Bell from the Kessler Family Burn Center. “It's a little bit of a miracle that she's still with us.”

Joe says his other family members are getting better.

Only his wife Katelyn remains in the hospital. He says she will go to a rehab facility in the next few weeks.

Meanwhile, he says he's grateful to the community for all the donations given to his family. He also says he's thankful for those who saved the lives of the people he loves.

“They do amazing things. My family had a very slim chance and they made that chance bigger,” said Joe Ogg.

There's still no word on what started the fire.

On Wednesday night News10NBC checked with Chili fire officials for updates into the cause of that fire. They say it's still under investigation.