Two families say they will be lifelong friends, after a chance encounter the night of the south side disaster brought them together.
Doug Karr heard the explosion that night from his house, just miles from the Richmond Hills neighborhood. He rushed to the area to offer help right away.
There were many families needing help that night, including Gary and Doris Jarnagin. Gary got to Mary Bryan Elementary with only his dog, Tanner, in tow.
As the Jarnagins' found themselves without a place to stay, Karr decided to offer up his extra room to anyone who needed it.
"I walked in (the school), saw the Red Cross volunteer and said, 'Do you have a family in here that needs a place to stay?'" Karr said.
The two families were connected and the Jarnagins ended up staying with Karr for a few days. They're now living in a hotel, while their home is assessed for damage.
"He's a wonderful man. (We) felt right at home," Doris Jarnagin said.
Karr said that he talks to the couple daily and expects that they will remain friends for a long time to come.
"I think (on) Friday we're going to go out to dinner and I told them if they don't have a house by Thanksgiving and they're not with family, we'll figure something out," Karr said.
Karr is also hoping their story will inspire others to step up the next time there are Hoosiers in need.
"How can I sit here with an empty house? Knowing that there (are) people in need? I couldn't do it," Karr said.
"We're just very, very grateful.It just let's you know that there are good people out there," Jarnagin said.