Burned boy and his family make progress

Offers of clothing, fund raising events and furniture pouring in
Feb. 22, 2013 @ 10:25 AM

A family burned out of their home Tuesday, whose youngest member is being treated for serious burns, lost many of their belongings but gained a lot of community support.

And the boy who was burned, 17-month-old Domanick, has been moved out of the burn unit at Brenner Children's Hospital in Winston-Salem and into a regular room, said his mother, Kayln Miller. He has second-degree burns over 45 percent of his body. He is still in pain and must undergo more surgery, Miller said, but he is playing and laughing with the nurses.

“He’s such a big boy. I’m so happy and blessed to say my sons are here with me, happy and being taken care of,” Miller said. “We want to thank everyone who helped, the city of Lenoir, the county and the hospital.”

Miller’s husband, James Miller Jr., was working in Gastonia at a job making rebar when the fire broke out at the family's house at 309 Glendale St. Investigators say the fire started from either a lava lamp or an electric heater just feet away from Domanick's crib.

Kayln Miller was asleep with James, 3, and Jacob, 2, across the hall from Domanick's room when one of the boys started crying out. Seeing a wall of smoke and flame, she scooped up Domanick and the other two and fled the home. The eldest son, 6-year old Johnny, was in school at the time.

Domanick is expected to be in the hospital for another two weeks but is expected to make a full recovery, Kayln Miller said.

Recovering from the fire will take much longer. The house suffered major fire, smoke and water damage.

A Facebook page called Lenoir House Fire Victims was set up by Brittany Annis, a family friend, to help the Millers. The response has been overwhelming, Miller said in a comment on the page.

“Everybody honestly doesn’t know how much it means to me my husband and my wonderful amazing sons,” she posted recently.

Since the Facebook page was created, offers of shoes and clothing have been pouring in. A craft/vendor fair to raise money is being discussed. A bake sale and Tupperware party are planned to raise money for the family. Shoes and clothing donations also are being collected.