Christmas Day Fire Destroys Home

By: Sabrina Wu
By: Sabrina Wu

Geoff and Kathi Stoner say they fell in love with their house the day they saw it. They say they had no idea when they went to sleep Christmas Eve, that it'd be the last time they'd see it like that again.

Nearly everything inside was ruined, but the Stoners say it's not the possessions that were lost that hurt the most.

"We had a lot of my mother's things," says Kathi Stoner with tears in her eyes. "My parents are both dead."

Kathi Stoner's father died when she was 10-years-old. There were several things of her father's inside the house.

In the burned garage, was Geoff's 1955 Chevrolet that he had had restored. He had owned the classic for many years, and had won many competitions with it.

Fire investigators say the cause of the fire was most likely electrical.

Though the Stoners say they plan to rebuild someday, but for now they say they will focus their efforts on getting through this tragedy.

"There's no time for weakness," said Geoff "We have to be strong right now."

A fund has been set up for the Stoners. People wishing to send donations can send them to:

Paper City Savings
Geoffrey & Kathleen Stoner Disaster Account
P.O. Box 339
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495-0339

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