Sheboygan family speaks out 1 year after tragic fire

Sheboygan family speaks out 1 year after tragic fire

The parents who lost three children in a Wisconsin house fire are speaking publicly for the first time since the January 2016 tragedy.

The Sheboygan Press reports that Chris and Kristi Maki spoke on Sunday at Crossroads Community Church about their journey toward healing. The couple says their growing faith has helped them over the past year.

Thick smoke trapped the three children inside the home in Sheboygan Falls on Jan. 26, 2016. The couple’s 9-year-old daughter, Jenna, escaped after her 11-year-old sister, Natalie Renee Martin, led her to safety.

Natalie went back inside to try to rescue two other siblings, 10-year-old Benjamin Martin and 7-year-old Carter Maki. They later died of complications from smoke inhalation.

Natalie was honored posthumously with the Carnegie medal for civilian heroism.