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“It’s been a long road.”
A pile of rubble sits where the Britnell house previously stood.
“We start tearing down today” Eddie Britnell said Monday, May 18. “We might have some trouble getting some of it down; it will probably take a couple days.”
After a destructive house fire on March 29, tearing down their previous home was one of the final steps for the Britnell’s.
“We’re starting over,” Elsa Britnell said.
Starting over is exactly what the Britnell’s are doing. With all their belongings charred and left behind with what little remains of their home, it’s proven to be a long journey of recovery for the family.
“We lost everything we had,” Eddie said.
Looking through the rubble, it’s easy to see just how much the Brinell’s lost. Christmas wrapping paper, teddy bears, shoes, DVDs, blankets and more all peak through the collapsed wood that was once their home.
However, they continue to count their blessings through the tough times, thankful for everything the community has done thus far.
“We appreciate everyone who’s helped us,” Eddie said. “We can’t thank y’all enough.”
Although sad to see their old home go, the Britnell’s are excited for the future, planning a fresh start.
In fact, the Britnell’s plan on completely clearing the lot, making space for a mobile home.
“It’s been a long road,” Eddie said, “but we’re alright and that’s what matters.”