KENNEWICK, WA-- A Kennewick family lost everything in an arson fire just two months after losing their baby boy.
The family has remained strong during the time of traumatic loss and forgiving of the arsonist who took so much from them. They lost almost all their belongings in their Kennewick rental home, but they say they're just grateful for all the support from the community and that everyone is safe.
"(I) came home to firemen and my wife and the whole neighborhood in my front yard," said Darrin Dryden.
The Dryden family's house is a shell of a home. It's fine on the outside, but destroyed on the inside. Soot covers the walls now where family pictures once hung.
"Everything was black. It didn't seem like it was my house. It seemed like it was... I was somewhere else," Dryden said.
One of the few items to survive the fire was a remembrance board with pictures of their son Aiden who died two months ago from a genetic deformity after just 20 hours of life. Angela Dryden was visiting her son's grave when she got the call that her house was on fire.
The community is raising money for the family as they recover from back to back traumatic losses.
"People we don't know are offering to help. It's just beautiful and that's what life's about. It's not about these things," said Angela Dryden.
"I'm so grateful, but I just am looking forward to paying it back," Darrin Dryden said.
A teenage boy is accused of starting the fire and he's actually a neighborhood friend of one of the Dryden's sons. But the Dryden's aren't mad. They're forgiving and say they feel for the boy's family.
"It's still their son and they're not bad people," Angela Dryden said.
"We forgive him, we forgive him," said Darrin Dryden.
The Drydens were actually preparing to move when the fire happened and got the keys to their new home Thursday.
There are several ways you can help the Drydens including a donation account that's been set up at Banner Bank.
Yoplicity Frozen Yogurt in Kennewick will donate 20% of their sales on Friday to the Dryden family when customers ask to make the donation.
Three dollars of from every ticket sale for the Tri-City Outlaws hockey game at the Toyota Center on Friday will go to the Dryden family.