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Blaze destroys family’s nearly-completed home

Blaze destroys family’s nearly-completed home
Blaze destroys family’s nearly-completed home
Five fire departments responded to a blaze at a single-family home on Grange Hall Road Nov. 8. The newly-constructed house, which was nearly complete except for carpet and a wood-burning stove, was a total loss. Photo by Bob Davis (click for larger version)

A five-year house-building project that was near completion for a Corydon family turned melancholy last week when the 2,700-square-foot home was destroyed by fire.
Bruce Emery, who shared the residence with his wife, Sandy, and two teenage sons, said all that was left to complete the house was to lay carpet and install a wood-burning fireplace. That was before a fire started in a shed next to the house built along Grange Hall Road the night of Nov. 8.
‘My wife tried to put it out by taking water to the shed, but it was just too much to stop,’ Bruce Emery said.
Firefighters from Harrison Township, New Middletown, Lanesville, Ramsey and Georgetown fire departments responded to the scene but were unable to save the home.
‘By the grace of God, the fire didn’t happen at 2, 3 or 4 in the morning. The kids were gone,’ Bruce Emery said. ‘We lived back there for 15 years and didn’t have indoor plumbing; then, last year, we got it. I guess the good Lord has got different plans for us.’
A fire relief fund has been set up at First Harrison Bank, and this Saturday a group of people are meeting at the property to help clean up the debris from the fire. Anyone wanting to help with the project can show up (the family is asking that no small children be brought to the site for safety reasons).
A fundraiser will be hosted by New Life Christian Church near Lanesville on Sunday, Dec. 5. It will begin at 12:30 p.m. and last until whenever. A free-will offering meal will be served. The church will have several different praise teams from Harrison County performing throughout the afternoon, as well as having items for a silent auction.
‘Anytime we did out-reach in the community or there is someone in need, Bruce, Sandy and the boys are always first in line. They truly always seem to be trying to be the arms and legs of Christ in our community,’ George Browning, a family friend and member at NLCC, said.
Food will be provided by New Life Christian Church, but anyone wishing to help with that or anyone who has items they would like to donate for the silent auction can contact the church at 952-1000.