Fund set up for family that lost home in fire

by Joni Astrup

Associate editor

A fund has been set up for a family that lost virtually everything in a house fire in Elk River.

The Barbara Jones House Fire Relief Fund is open at M&I Bank in Rogers, located at 13798 Rogers Dr.

Jones’ house at 18829 Zumbro St. in Elk River was destroyed by fire on Aug. 12.

Her sister, Lisa Jones, said Barb had no insurance on the house or on belongings.

“Barb is a single mom and a full-time student and she’s doing everything that she could to make ends meet and she just couldn’t afford the insurance,” her sister said. Barb Jones is a student at Anoka Technical College, studying to become a registered nurse.

She lost her house and just about everything in the fire. All she has salvaged are a few clothes.

Jones got out safely thanks to neighbor Shane Schminkey, who saw that the home’s roof was on fire and ran inside to alert Jones. Jones’ 16-year-old son, Jake, was not home at the time. Their cat died in the fire.

Lisa Jones said her sister and nephew will be living in a borrowed camper for now.

“It’s a huge devastation and she really needs help,” she added.