MILLERSBURG -- A fund to benefit the family of April Rogers has been established at First-Knox National Bank in Millersburg.
Rogers died in a Sunday morning house fire Feb. 5. She leaves behind husband, Volley, and children, Jace, Samantha, Savannah and Seth.
In addition to losing a wife and mother, they lost most of their material possessions and many memories to the fire, according to Rogers' aunt, Pam Deal, who said the fund was established to receive monetary donations to help the family begin to rebuild.
"They have absolutely nothing. It burned to the ground," Deal said, "The kids are honor students. They lost their mom. They have nothing. They have no clothes, toiletries, school supplies. They don't know where to start."
"April was so loved in the community," she said of a woman who had finally found a future with the love of her life on the family home place.
Rogers, 41, was pronounced dead at the scene of the Feb. 5 fire that consumed her Killbuck Township Road 74 home. It is believed she died of asphyxiation, from inhaling the carbon monoxide produced by the fire, according to Holmes County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Richard Haun.
After identifying two potential sources at which the fire may have originated -- ashes in ash bucket and a wood-burning stove -- investigators were unable to isolate a definitive source. "Neither can be ruled out," said Haun.
And, while the cause officially was ruled "undetermined," the investigation confirmed the cause was not suspicious in nature, Haun said.
She and her husband, Volley, were sleeping when the fire started. He escaped. She did not. It is believed she delayed her exit from the house in an attempt to get the family dogs out, Haun said. Initial rescue efforts were unsuccessful. After containing the blaze, firefighters found her, already dead, near one of the dogs.
Donations to the Volley Rogers Family Fund can be sent to P.O. Box 207, Millersburg, OH 44654.
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