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Sandy Hook shooting survivors left homeless by fire

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A house belonging to the Barth family in Newtown, Conn., is seen on March 28, the day after it was destroyed by fire.

A Newtown, Conn., home destroyed by a fire this week was owned by a couple whose children survived the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in December.

Wednesday afternoon's fire left Hans and Audra Barth and their three children homeless, according to Monsignor Robert Wise, of St. Rose of Lima Church. The American Red Cross has put them up in a hotel and the church is collecting donations for the family.

Two of their children attended Sandy Hook Elementary School, including a first-grader in teacher Kaitlin Roig's classroom, the Danbury News-Times reported. Roig has been called a hero for barricading her students in a bathroom as the shooter killed 20 other first-graders and six educators.

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Friends say the family lost everything in the fire, and their pet dog and several baby chickens died.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.