Ohio-bound military family loses everything in moving truck fire

U.S. & World

FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. – A moving truck caught fire along Highway 64 in Fairview Heights on Wednesday. Everything inside was a complete loss including all of the Kenney family’s belongings.

Ryan Kenney is an active Air Force officer, as well as a husband and father to three boys.

January will mark 13 years Ryan has been with the Air Force. During that time his family has moved six times. This time the Kenney’s were moving from California to Ohio for a medical reason for one of their sons.

On Wednesday Ryan got a call that the moving truck packed with all of their stuff was on fire.

He first thought it was a joke. Then he said he was worried about the driver.

“Over the time of him loading all of our stuff we got to know each other. I learned about his family and his military background,” Ryan said.

The driver was not hurt but all of the Kenney’s belongings didn’t fare as well. Everything in the truck was a loss. Baby pictures of the boys, scrapbooks made during his deployments, and other family keepsakes passed down for generations.  

For the things that can be replaced the moving company’s insurance will cover some of the cost but Ryan said it won’t cover everything.

Ryan set up a GoFundMe for the family to help recoup some of what was lost. Click here for the link.


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