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Bodien family struggles after fire

August 20, 2011

Staff photo – The home of Jim and Nancy Bodien was destroyed by a fire last Saturday night.

Things went from bad to worse when a fire ripped through the home of Jim and Nancy Bodien at 45 Fremont Ave., Ridgway, last Saturday night.
The kitchen, dining room and bathroom took the brunt of the fire leaving the smoke and water to destroy the rest of the home.
Five miles away at Nancy's mother's residence, she received a call from her sister at about 10:10 p.m. Saturday night to tell her that her house was on fire.
Fortunately, no one was in the home at the time of the blaze.
"We all ran to the car and prayed the whole way down Montmorenci," Nancy said. "I just prayed it wasn't our house and if it was I prayed that our pets were okay and that the fire could be detained."
When the Bodien family reached the corner of Fremont Avenue and Erie Street all they could do was stand and watch as their home went up in flames.
According to reports, it is believed a short in the stove was the cause of the fire.
"The [insurance] adjuster came and said it was a short in the stove itself and that exact model had been recalled and we didn't know it had," Nancy said.
Unfortunately the Bodien family did not have content coverage for their house insurance.
"They will fix the house, but all of the contents are gone," Nancy said. "When you get your first house when you're young you don't pay attention to all of the details like you should. We didn't have the best insurance so everything that was inside the house is gone. We were just scrimping to get by before so now it's even worse than it was before.
"We don't have any means or anything to even begin thinking about starting over because we just don't have anything."
With the support of the Red Cross and a Marcellus Shale driller, the Bodien family is living at the Comfort Inn in St. Marys.
If anyone is interested in helping, Donations can be mailed to Nancy Bodien at 45 Fremont Ave., Ridgway, PA 15853.
Items can be dropped off at the Salvation Army in downtown Ridgway. They will not accept cash donations, but will accept gift cards. Checks must written out to Nancy or Jim Bodien.
An online account has been setup at giftforward.com/teambodienfire.
A bake sale will be held on Sunday, Aug. 28 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Keystone True Value parking lot. If interested in donating items for the bake sale contact Marla Porter at 814-512-0458.
They are also asking people to go to the Extreme Makeover's Facebook page and fill out an application. To enter: click on the "Castings" link and fill out the quick five-step process for the application.
If dropping off clothes, children's sizes: Olivia size 14, shoe size 3; Gavin size 8, shoe size 3; Alyssa size 6, shoe size 11 and Gabe size 3T, shoe size 9.
Nancy can also be contacted directly at 814-512-2428.
"It's been amazing to see the outpouring of love and caring from people," Nancy said.

Pick up a copy of the Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.

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