Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Tragedy in my old neighborhood
Around 12:30 a.m., Mark Gaasedelen said his neighbor, Duane Delegard, came over to his house, covered in soot and was frantic.
Gaasedelen said Delegard had crawled out of a second-story window to get out of the burning house. He was not able to get to his wife, Anita.
Firefighters searched through the morning and they were able to find her remains in the basement of the house where the fire started.
Assistant Chief Darrell Todd said the home was engulfed when firefighters arrived and it was too hot for firefighters to enter the house.
We used to live 2 houses away. Mark Gaasedelen was our next door neighbor. Duane and Anita were/are in their late 60s or early 70s. If I recall correctly, Anita was a smoker.