Updated 03/20/2013 05:42 PM
Chili Family Thankful for Outpouring of Support
A husband and father whose family members were badly injured in a house fire said Wednesday he is thankful for an outpouring of community support.
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Mara's crying is like music to Joe Ogg's ears.
"She's just come a long, long way."
Nine-month-old Mara Ogg was just seven-months when she was pulled from her home by first responders in January during a house fire. She was barely breathing and suffered from third degree burns all over her body.
"I think if Mara was in the house a couple of seconds longer, she probably wouldn't be with us today," said Derrick Bell, Kessler Family Burn Unit.
Also injured in the fire were Joe's stepson, four-year-old R.J. Lockwood, who was released from the hospital last month. His mother, Judith Ogg, 67, was also released.
His wife, Katelyn, 24, is still in the hospital in satisfactory condition.
"It just seems like a miracle. It looked like everyone was going to die," said Joe.
Doctors say statistically, R.J. and Mara beat the odds and that their risk of dying was about 75 percent. That's something Joe Ogg says he's forever grateful for.
"My family had a very slim chance and they made that chance bigger."
Katelyn Ogg is expected to be released in the next few weeks. She will go to a rehab facility and continue treatment there.
Joe says he also wants to thank the community for the overwhelming support his family has gotten during this tough time.