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Rexburg woman loses home but gets support from community

Local Rexburg woman loses home gets...

REXBURG, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Neighbors and the community are coming together to help after a neighborhood home and car were completely destroyed by a fire.

It started around 3 AM  on Wednesday. The person inside the mobile home saw flames in a corner of the room where a space heater was running.

 Madison Fire department responded to a trailer house that erupted in fire. Once the fire crew arrived, Sandi Bingham had already lost a majority of her home.

"It was devastating," Elizabeth Orozco, Sandi's granddaughter, said. "She lost everything, she doesn't really have much left."

But not long after, neighbors stopped by for support; offering blankets and other ways to help. 

Two days later the help has only grown. 

"The whole community has come together," said Orozco. "And we've been able to get her clothing, furniture, we've had donations from everybody."

Many people from the community have come to assist Sandi, like Edstrom Construction who helped clean and take everything away for free and Rexburg Care and Rehab, who are helping provide Sandi with her medication. 

"The bishop was here by 6 o'clock in the morning, two hours or three hours later, Dori Statham, Sandi's daughter, said. "You know here to help everything, just putting everything together."

Even groups on Facebook have started raising donations. Some of Sandi's relatives have posted what happened on garage sale Facebook pages and even made a GoFundMe account, which people have been donating.

The reason the community came together for Sandi?

"Everybody loved this lady, Statham said. "She would go into the DI store and everybody would come up to her and know her name. She was amazing"

Sandi has always been there for them.

"She takes her last few bucks and doesn't pay her power bill," Statham said. "To make sure she goes and gives food and help."

Sandi and her family could not be more thankful for everything people have done. 

"Thank you, just a heartfelt thank you," Statham said. "I cant believe what everybody has just done."

"We appreciate it so much," Orozco said. "Especially her. Shes told us multiple times. Its been really good."

Sandi was able to get out of her home without any major injuries, but she did lose the lives of all her pets in the fire.

It is still not known what caused the fire, an inspector said there were "too many obstacles to determine what happened."


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