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Aarne and Rita Bielefeldt Fire Help

$8,703 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 116 people in 11 months
Created October 12, 2017
Aarne and Rita Beilefeldt have likely lost their home of 27 years in the most recent California fires. Most of the structure as well as their workshop was built by hand, and they do not have insurance (Aarne has been in the process of trying to obtain insurance for their unique property for a few years now). They escaped within minutes of being notified and were only able to grab their pets. Everything else is assumed to have been lost in the relentless blaze. Fire fighters have not been able to get in the area to give a complete assessment of the damage, but neighbors of the Bielefeldts have described complete structural loss. They also lost cars, photographs, musical instruments, clothes, machinery, tools and countless everyday items. Aarne and Rita will be living in a hotel room for the foreseeable future, and are not certain where they will go from there. Any financial help you can spare is appreciated and will go directly to Aarne's bank account through this website.
The Bielefeldts are dear friends of our family and also the worldwide facial hair family and community. For the sake of accountability, my name is Bryan Nelson and I am located in Austin TX. I am coordinating this through our local Texas beard club the Austin Facial Hair Club of which I am President, as well as representing the World Beard and Moustache Association of which I am Vice President. The funds collected from this campaign are only accessible by Aarne, and most funds will be aimed at rebuilding the structures that were lost, rebuilding the infrastructure between these structures, and replacing tools and other valuable items that were not insured.  Ultimately we believe that Aarne is responsible enough to decide the best way for his relief efforts to be spent, and we trust that he will use these funds towards the purpose of rebuilding. There are several other campaigns to help the Bielefeldts on various platforms and they are all appreciated. Thank you for your consideration and assistance for the Bielefeldts <3
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UPDATE from Aarne:"We were able to make home today. Yes we miraculously have a house.
Fire burned right up to it. When the firefighters arrived the fire had already been there. They watched the house, put out spot fires and dug up roots. In fact I found fire in one of the crawl spaces.
All other building except the metal garage burned. All. Shop destroyed. Barn destroyed. Most tools gone. Biodiesel generator destroyed. All waterlines, tanks. Destroyed. Springs melted into the hill.
My landrovers all destroyed. Old work truck destroyed. Most of my solar parts destroyed. Power system at shop destroyed. I build this from scratch. Years to replace
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Update! From Aarne "Our house is still standing! Fire burned right up to it all around but apparently as a low ground fire.
I had removed all the brush as far is the eye could see. That may have saved the house. The shop is toasted black but its a metal building. Inside unknown...
Judging by the cooked off powdercoat on the shop the fire was hot, the skylights likely toasted and leaking. Waterlines melted and likely watertanks destroyed. Waterpump and building destroyed and garden completely destroyed
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Raised by 116 people in 11 months
Created October 12, 2017
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