CALLERY (KDKA) — Callery Borough Council President Ed Conway and his wife Judy barely escaped a fire that destroyed their home on July 27.
Judy had already survived cancer, heart attack, COPD and a broken hip.
“Finally I got her back here home,” Ed recalls, “and I woke up at four in the morning, you know, hearing her scream for me. And I looked and I thought, ‘After all this, we’re going to die in a fire.'”
Three weeks later, despair has given way to hope, thanks to the unexpected support of area vendors. 84 Lumber Area Manager Dave Fisher surveys the site with the Conways.
“Your down spouts and such, I think we’re going to tie them into a French drain [that] will carry the water away,” he says.
The lumber company will pay all costs for a modular home, provided at cost by Structural Modulars Incorporated. Masonry workers and an excavator will donate their time. The project will likely cost $90,000 to $100,000 for a house valued at $150,000. It will be disability accessible and the couple will not have to pay a cent.
“I just hope that I never forget the people that helped us,” Ed says, “because there’s been so many. And it just doesn’t end.”