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Couple left without a home this Thanksgiving eve


Fire departments from Bloomer, Sand Creek, New Auburn, and the Town of Howard all responded to the fire.

BLOOMER, Wis. (WEAU) -- A couple left without a home after a fire is thankful to be alive this Thanksgiving weekend.

A Bloomer couple is in limbo tonight, waiting to see what insurance will cover after their home went up in flames.

It happened at their century-old farm house northwest of Bloomer on highway DD late Tuesday night. The firefighters battled the blaze for more than five hours, but it was a total loss.

The owners of the house escaped with no injuries, but say they lost a whole lot more than a house that night.

“It went so fast, it was unbelievable,” said Gerald Glaser.

He remembered the fire starting by the fuse box, near the pantry.

“First thing I thought was to get the wife out of here,” he said.

“I was just so shocked; I didn't even think, I didn't even grab my glasses, and that's the first thing I grab in the morning,” said Carol Glaser.

Carol Glaser says once they got out, there was no way to get back to grab their valuables.

“I wanted to go back in, and I didn't make it a foot in the bedroom; that smoke rolled right in there, it just bit your lungs, you just couldn't do nothing,” remembered Gerald.

The couple lost almost everything, including their family Bible that has been passed down for four generations.

“It was my great-grand parents' marriage certificate, that was part of the Bible to,” said Gerald.

But the biggest loss for the Glasers is the house itself.

It was built in 1893 by Carol's great-great grandparents.

Generations have been gathering here for the holidays for more than a century.

Gerald and Carol have been spending the holiday seasons with their own family there for the past 20 years.

“We're just kind of going a little bit at a time; you kind of go back and say, well I got this here, and then realize well I don't have it anymore, because it burnt in the house,” explained Carol.

She said what hurts the most is that a lot of valuables swallowed by the flames belonged to their kids and grandchildren.

“When I look back at the house, you know, and just think of stuff that's been in the house; it does bring tears to my eyes, and I got to think of something else, because I'm afraid I'm going to break down and cry about it,” she said.

But then Carol said she remembers that both she and her husband got out alive and unharmed, and that is something to be thankful for.

The house was insulated with Styrofoam, and the Glasers believe that's why it burned up so quickly.

The Bloomer Fire Department says the official cause of the fire is still undetermined.

The family tells us they hope to rebuild on the same plot of land someday.

If you're interested in helping the couple call 715-568-4188 to contact them.

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Fire has destroyed a house late Tuesday night near Bloomer.

The house is northwest of Bloomer on County Road DD. The Bloomer Fire Department responded around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. Multiple people who were inside escaped before crews got to the house. Firefighters spent nearly five hours putting out the flames. The fire destroyed the house. Nobody was hurt.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

If you're interested in helping the family, contact them at 715-568-4188.


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