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Family that lost house to fire could have new one in weeks


GRAFTON TOWNSHIP — The house that Lorain County volunteers helped to build will soon be finished.

Nearly three and a half years have passed since the Hamilton family of Grafton Township has had a place to call its own — a fire destroyed the family’s home on state Route 57 in October 2005. But now, the family’s impending move back home may be weeks away.

According to family friend and house project coordinator Mitch Witherell, there are only three major elements the house is missing before the final details can be added.

“We desperately need a septic system — that is the top item. Then, we need gutters/downspouts and flooring materials,” Witherell said.

As far as flooring, the house needs 750-feet of ceramic tile and 550-square-feet off laminate, he said.

“These items are crucial to finish the house and we can get things all done,” he said. “We hope to have them in the house by the end of May, and only if we get a septic system. Without that, we are not sure.”

Recently, the drywall was put up courtesy of Richard’s Drywall in North Ridgeville.

“We just got the drywall all done and are now getting ready to start painting, and then we will get started on the trim, the doors and more interior items that we already have — we just need to install them,” Witherell said.

Fhe family received more good news on Friday.

“Duane Hamilton and I were at the Carter Lumber store in Oberlin and the manager and I spoke,” Witherell said. “After he learned of the house project, he gave us the vanities (for their bathrooms).”

After the major home details are complete, then all the items that make a house a home will be installed, such as lighting.

“We are very excited just to see the house close to being done now,” Witherell said. “It’s really cool .”

Witherell said he is pleasantly surprised by the amount of support from the volunteers and businesses.

“They chose to help a total stranger by donating hundreds of hours to a family in need,” he said.

“They have chosen to sacrifice time with their own families and make a difference in someone else’s life, with no personal gain or benefit to themselves.”

Contact Melissa Linebrink at 329-7155 or


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