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Amish Home On Its Way To Recovery After Fire

May 4, 2010

The Amish home of Eli Troyer, 4765 Elm Creek Road near East Randolph, will survive Monday's disastrous fire, thanks to an estimated 100 Amish men coming to not only to help firefighters put out the blaze but to spend the next few days restoring the home. Imagine, six days and it's almost livable. New roof, three new "outside" stainless steel chimneys installed for safety, with one already in operation, and all but one of the second floor windows have been replaced. It was much like an Amish barn raising bee, where Amish men drop everything and build a barn in a day, so-to-speak. To answer the comments on the one small flame coming out of the roof in the photo that was on Page 1 in The Post-Journal on Tuesday, the flame was from one of the three inside chimneys. The faith, love and support of the Conewango Amish for each other was perhaps the factor in the recovery of the Troyer home, in addition to the swift response of three fire departments. Insert shows burning home six days earlier.

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