Celebrated Army amputee loses Maryland home to fire


According to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue officials, Army Capt. Edward Klein and his wife Jessica were inside their Maryland home when one of their smoke detectors went off. The fire raced quickly through their home, located in a Washington, D.C. suburb, as they found a way to the front door. Luckily a neighbor was able to pull them to safety.

Klein, a celebrated wounded soldier, had lost three limbs while serving in Afghanistan in 2012. The former Army captain was a victim of an IED attack while leading a foot patrol in the Kandahar Province. The attack left him a triple amputee, with a mine causing him to lose both legs and his right arm.

Fox News reported that both Klein and his wife were taken to the hospital and received care for smoke inhalation.

“We’re alive. I can’t talk due to smoke inhalation, but my boys and I are safe…even if we are a little devastated,” wrote Jessica Klein on Facebook for her husband. “Thanks for the prayers and well wishes. I promise to answer all of your voicemails, texts and messages as soon as I figure out which way is up.”

Klein’s Army story became widely publicized news as it was predicted by doctors that he would never walk again. With the aid of prosthetics, he has gone far in a steady recovery. He participated in a 5K run only one year after the attack in Afghanistan.

The cause of the house fire is unknown but is believed to have started in the garage. It was completely destroyed. Donations to assist Klein and his family can be made online through The Independence Fund.

According to The Independence Fund website, they work to bring severely injured veterans the solutions that will best work for them. Since its inception, they have provided over $5 million in mobility devices to the deserving veterans.

The Independence Fund stated on their Facebook page, “We continue to be proud of our designation as the #1 endorsed and affiliated charity of Fox News & The O’Reilly Factor and are glad to have this campaign to help Edward & Jessica. Please keep the Kleins in your hearts and prayers, and donate to this worthy cause.”

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