Sewage backup jeopardizes Aurora family’s Christmas

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AURORA, Colo. -- A family bouncing back from a house fire has been hit by another round of bad luck before Christmas.

A pricey sewage backup is jeopardizing their holiday and means gifts from Santa might not be coming this year.

The fire forced the Hawkins family from their Aurora home in March. Firefighters were praised at the time for saving their Chihuahua and her four puppies.

Alfrieda Hawkins was checked for smoke inhalation. Hawkins, along with her daughter, Kyleria Hawkins, and the two grandchildren were not injured. All four returned to their now-restored home around Thanksgiving only to face another mess.

“We can’t use the toilets,” Alfrieda Hawkins said. “We can’t use the sinks. They all back up.”

Shortly after returning home, a clay sewer pipe under the 64-year-old home’s backyard, broke. The broken pipe caused flooding inside the home, making life very challenging.

The family is unable to bathe, wash clothes or use the toilet. The living conditions forced out little Aiden and his 4-year-old sister, Zoe, who suffers from cerebral palsy.

“The kids couldn’t stay because they had to go to my sister’s house,” Alfrieda Hawkins said. “So they’re here visiting with us, essentially, and yet they’re supposed to live with us.”

The Hawkins don’t have much money to spare. They’re saving as much as they can for a fix that will likely cost a few thousand dollars, delaying Santa’s Christmas gifts for Aiden and Zoe.

“I haven’t really bought anything because I’ve been trying to save up to see if I can, at some point, get [the sewage pipe] fixed,” Kyleria Hawkins said.

Contractor Ed Cardenas with Palace Restoration in Denver called FOX31 Problem Solvers to share the Hawkins’ story in hopes viewers will help.

To help, email ProblemSolvers@kdvr.com or Michael.konopasek@kdvr.com, or reach out on Twitter or on Facebook.