Fundraiser after house fire kills grandma, granddaughter

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The community of Pretty Prairie is coming together on Sunday, March 31, for a lunch fundraiser to help a family after a deadly house fire.

People are invited to go to the Pretty Prairie Steakhouse, 112 N. Main in Pretty Prairie, to help support the family of Dustin and Hannah Alley. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a taco fundraiser with all proceeds going to the family.

Judy Kay Alley, 70, and her granddaughter, Charlotte, 2, passed away after the fire in early March. The girl's mom and brother survived the fire.

An online fund has been set up to help the family.  

A 2-year-old girl has died three days after a fire near Cheney Lake that also claimed the life of her grandmother and sent her mom and younger brother to the hospital.

Staff at Ascension Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita said that Charlotte Alley died Friday. Her mother, Hannah Lynn Perry, remains in serious condition, and her brother, Wyatt Alley, is in good condition.

Emergency crews responded at around 2:45 a.m. Tuesday to an area near the DeWeese Campground on Horseshoe Lane, at the northwest corner of Cheney Lake. They arrived to find a double-wide residence engulfed in flames.

The Reno County Sheriff’s Office said Perry, 21, broke out the window and got herself and the two children out of the home. The children’s grandmother, 70-year-old Judy Kay Alley, was unable to get out of the house and died at the scene.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined. The home was destroyed.

An online fund has been set up to help the family.  


A woman in her 70's died Tuesday morning in a house fire near Cheney Lake.

Judy Kay Alley did not make it out of the house, and Pretty Prairie Fire Chief Rick Graber said it was too late when they arrived on scene.

"I was the first firefighter here," he said. "The house was totally engulfed. There was no way of going in. In fact, the roof had just started to cave in when I got here."

The 21-year-old mother, Hannah, and her two children, Charlotte, age 2, and Wyatt, age 1, who were there at the time of the fire, escaped through a window according to Graber.

"The mom broke a window and threw the two children out the window and then crawled out herself," he said. "All three of them did sustain some burns and some cuts from going through the glass."

According to Jessica Stucky, the daughter-in-law of Judy Alley, the mother has burns on her back and one of her arms. She said she is sedated for the next 48 hours. As for the two children, Stucky said she talked to doctors who told her Charlotte has second degree burns on 25 percent of her body and is also sedated.

She said Wyatt is still recovering but is in the best shape of all three of them.

"If they would let him, he'd be running around," she said. "He's eating and sleeping. He's got some burns on his arm that are bandaged, and a cut on his head, but he probably suffered the least of all three of them right now."

The future is unknown for the family which is why Stucky said it has been tense in the hospital waiting room. However, she said she won't let it tear their family apart.

"We just know that we're in it together for the long haul. Whatever anyone needs we'll be here to take care of," said Stucky.

An online fund has been set up to help the family. 

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