Community assists man whose home was damaged by fire

Published: Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 11:21 AM.

Milstead — who’s staying with his brother in Holt — expressed gratitude for the community’s help.

"I lost everything ... I don't know what I would have done without them," he said. "It’s good to have friends like that."

Most of all, he is thankful he is alive.

"I thank the Lord for me not being inside the house, (while it was in flames)," he said.

Milstead — who recently started drawing disability and social security benefits — said he couldn’t afford homeowners insurance premiums.

To make matters worse, thieves took advantage of the situation, stealing a dishwasher and a fire-damaged lawnmower and bicycle from his yard, he said. He reported the incident to police.

"You have to be real sorry to steal from someone whose house has just burned down," Milstead said.

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