An unimaginable tragedy happened in Rochester, Minnesota on Saturday, February 18th, and today, family and friends are rallying together to help a woman who has lost so much.

Credit: Rochester Fire Department
Credit: Rochester Fire Department

ICYMI, we shared the news story of the house fire at 525 Third Avenue NW in Rochester and at the time of the story being published, it was known that the woman in the home was found unresponsive.   According to the story published by Rochester's News-Talk KROC 1230 AM and 96.9 FM, life-saving measures were provided before the woman was transported to St. Mary's Hospital.

Today, we know that the woman's name is Kristin and right now, she is in the middle of one of the biggest fights of her life...and she needs our support.  Kristin was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center's burn unit and was placed in a medically induced coma.

A GoFundMe page was set up to help Kristin out financially along with the following message:

On the evening of Saturday, February 18th Kristin, along with her two fur-babies Kyia and Dasia Blu were tragically impacted by a fire in their home. Many thanks over and over to a neighbor spotting the fire and calling 911, rescue crews were quickly on the scene pulling Kris, Kyia, and Dasia from their house and began immediately performing lifesaving efforts on all three. Kris was quickly transported by Mayo ambulance to St. Mary’s Hospital, and soon after transported that same night to Hennepin County Medical Center's burn unit where she is just beginning her fight and remains in a medically induced coma.


As you can imagine, Kristin has a very long recovery ahead of her, while continuing her advanced care with the incredible team at the HCMC Burn Unit, as well as once she is able to come home. Where that is, will need to be determined as her previous home was severely damaged by fire, smoke, and water.


Credit: Rochester Fire Department
Credit: Rochester Fire Department

If you're able to help by supporting Kris financially, helping to offset the many medical and living expenses she'll incur as she recovers and is unable to work, we know she would greatly appreciate it, as would her family (by blood and through friendship).


Kristin has always brought so much life, laughter, and love to the doors she walks through and we can only hope that we're able to make that possible a lot sooner through this support here. ❤️

The goal on the GoFundMe is $10,000 and at the moment, $5,955 has already been raised.  If you'd like to help or leave an encouraging note, click here to find the GoFundMe page for Kristin Haskins.

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