Westford Fire Adams family recovery

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Raised by 110 people in 39 months
News coverage from the morning of the fire
Everyone's nightmare: the house catches fire in the middle of the night.  Except it's not a bad dream, it's real.

Our house in Westford caught fire around 4am Tuesday morning, March 29, 2016. Middle child is away at college, so most of those important belongings are there, and Liz lives part of the time in Medford, so a lot of her stuff is there.  But oldest and youngest (ages 25 and 18) lost pretty much all their material possessions.  We lost my late husband's papers and all our family photo albums, an entire office-full of design and art books and materials, luggage, holiday ornaments, several laptops, music, my grandmother's small piano, clothes, books, soft furniture, food - still sorting it out.

The people are all safe and unharmed, and our dog and cat made it out, too, thanks to oldest child's heroism.  The house itself was covered by insurance, but the contents were not. 

What funds are for:
- salvage, recovery, and storage of furniture items and appliances that can be saved - immediate need
- replacement of mattresses and non-salvageable furniture, appliances, and fixtures - when the house is rebuilt (probably a couple of months)
- food and clothing - ongoing need because the weather keeps changing!
- saving what books we can and replacing books we need to replace - ongoing
- utility reconnection costs
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I got some pictures Saturday of progress at the house. It was surprisingly upsetting - I did a lot of crying, to my embarrassment. Walls and ceilings stripped down, scary to see how burnt the inside of the second floor ceilings actually got. Some of these shots are looking through where walls used to be - it's disorienting. Most of our belongings have been cleared out and the demolition of walls and ceilings is pretty much done. Next step ongoing is giant dehumidifiers drying out all the supporting wood for the structure. Good news - some furniture definitely salvaged, including probably my grandmother's piano (which will require some care, but it should be ok after drying out, we hope), as well as lots of books from the first and second floors.

It's hard to remember what was where, exactly - I keep thinking "oh I have a Thing, it's...oh, right, it was on the bookshelves on the 3rd floor." Definitely gone is my entire design workroom: knitting and fiber books and materials (including my own published designs), an absurd amount of yarn lovingly gathered over the years, art supplies, art tools, almost all my scripts and musical scores. Not everything, and of course I have a great deal of information in my head, but some of it is irreplaceable. So that's sad. It's a weird experience - I can't process sadness over particular things until I first remember them, and then realize that they're gone. All of our Christmas ornaments, stockings I made the kids when they were little, all my old vinyl records - the attic. Then all the stuff that was in the open when the fire hoses drenched the whole house, which I'm still figuring out. Gradually coming to terms with all of it, and grateful for everyone's kindness. Thank you.
more second floor burnt stuff
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Demolition inside the house is progressing. Stuff is getting taken out and salvaged when possible. The tarps on top seem to not be preventing water from steadily raining down inside the house, so rubber roofing is the next try. The demolition folks are shoveling out a massive amount of ash and rubble - really daunting. Walls are being taken down to studs, leaving woodwork intact as much as possible. Lots of breathtaking woodwork everywhere, and I'm grateful that it's looking like it'll be preserved.
pic sideways for some reason - stairwell
(sideways! why??) walls down to studs
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I continue to be overwhelmed by people's kindness and generosity - thank you. The house is (I think) now sealed so that no more rain/snow/whatever (plague of locusts?) will be falling into the remains of the second floor bedrooms. Small blessings include the ridiculous weather, which has been cold enough that rapid mold growth inside the walls isn't an issue. I'm posting a look at yesterday's progress. The inside of the house looks pretty scary, still; I'll post pictures as soon as I can bear to take them. Again, my deepest thanks to everyone helping us through this.
top of house sealed from further damage
current view of house
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Thank you, everyone so far. I'm crying a lot today, over both the trauma of this loss and over how kind people are. This is what the house looks like today:
Third floor burnt, & mostly removed now
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Karen Purcell
39 months ago

Liz, when you get a chance, you should post a list of books. Many of us have more than we need!

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Raised by 110 people in 39 months
Created April 5, 2016
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Bernard Lacourse
9 months ago

Hope your home gets fixed.

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Andrea Rios
38 months ago

Liz, the amount we are donating was collected from Ana, the show presented by Body in U past April 28th 2016. We all wish you are able to rebuild your home soon. Love from: Andrea Rios, Genta Retkoceri, Burcu Gulec, Browny Rose Hazard, Katerine Gagnon, Lissete Velez-Cross, Yayue Ding, Rongxin Liu, Bin Xu, Daniel Villanueva, Karen Klein, Kate Ventimiglia, Rieger Ofri

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38 months ago
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Karen Purcell
39 months ago

Liz, when you get a chance, you should post a list of books. Many of us have more than we need!

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