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Fire destroys home

By Staff | Jun 28, 2013

The Rocheleau house on 4th St. SW was destroyed by a fire on June 21. Submitted photo

Rocky Rocheleau said one of the joys of his and his wife Paula’s house in southwest Rugby is being able to look out the front window to watch kids play at Ellery Park.

Despite a house fire on June 21 that totaled the house, Rocheleau plans to return to that front room with the scenic view of the park.

“We’ve lived here for 21 years,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll be here a lot longer than that.”

Paula Rocheleau said the response from the community has been great.

“Lots of support from the community,” she said. “Wonderful. Oh my.”

Fire chief David Schneibel Jr. said the call for the fire came at 7:45 p.m. About 20 firefighters responed with six trucks.

“The firemen did an excellent job,” Rocky Rocheleau said. “The firemen were here with every piece of equipment they had. The police and firemen were here immediately.”

Paula Rocheleau said the fire started when the family’s future son-in-law was working on his motorcycle in the garage. The gas tank started on fire and quickly spread.

She said they were able to get out most of their most vital belongings.

The Rocheleaus plan on returning, although they still aren’t sure whether any of the house can be salvaged.

“Same lot,” Paula Rocheleau said. “We don’t know what’s going to happen with the house yet.”

Until they are able to get back into the house, the Rocheleaus may be able to rent a nearby house.

Their house had just been re-sided, and new windows and exterior doors had been added in the fall.

Paula Rocheleau was in the kitchen when the blaze started. Both she and the family’s future son-in-law were able to escape without injury.

“Very grateful for friends and neighbors,” Rocky Rocheleau said. “They’ve been quite generous. We’re just super thankful no one was hurt.”

The fire department was assisted on the call by Rugby Ambulance, Rugby Police, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and the Border Patrol.

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