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Wolfs plan open house to thank community after fire

When a fire destroyed Doris and Walter Wolf’s beloved cobblestone house a little over a year ago, they were overwhelmed by the love and support they received from the community.

Now they want to say thank you.

They will do just that at an open house at their new home, built near the near the historic Birdsey Road house that was gutted by fire on Jan. 10, 2018. The outer cobblestone walls have been preserved for a future user to build an interior inside.

The open house will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 22.

“It’s been unbelievable — overwhelming,” Doris Wolf said of the support from the Waterloo-Junius community.

“People have given us money, gifts cards, set up a Go Fund Me page, did fundraisers and donated household items, clothes and furniture. It’s been overwhelming generosity,” she said. “We want to thank the community for all they’ve done. We’re inviting anyone who’s helped us in any way to visit and see the new house. We’ve even set up a room with all the postcards and letters of support we’ve received since the fire.”

Doris Wolf said Ellen Hughes of Waterloo literally gave her the coat off her back after learning the family lost everything in the fire.

The Wolfs have had a huge battle with their insurance company to the point where they’ve hired a lawyer to take legal action.

“It’s all taken a toll on us. Luckily, we had Richie Amidon to build the new house and he did a great job. One good thing from the fire is we found out how blessed we are to live in this community. They rallied behind us from day one,” Doris said.

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