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Saturday, January 09, 2016

Fundraising Goal Set After Local Family Displaced By House Fire

BERLIN– Surreal.

That’s the only word Tiffanie Nichols can use to describe the devastating fire that destroyed her family’s home just minutes after they were able to escape safely. She and her husband and their three children were in the middle of a quiet Sunday afternoon at home when the fire began.

“The fire started in a back bathroom and spread quickly,” she said. “It seemed like in milliseconds it was a huge fire.”

Though her husband and oldest son tried to put it out, they had to abandon their efforts as the blaze grew out of control. While the fire was eventually extinguished through the efforts of five local fire companies, the Greenbriar Drive home the Nichols spent the past 10 years in was deemed a complete loss.

To help Nichols and her family get back on their feet, longtime friend Jeb Vetock started fundraising with a Go Fund Me page. As of Thursday, more than $5,500 had been raised by 81 people.

“When you see something like this happen you just want to help,” Vetock said. “Sometimes you just need cash to get things going.”


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