Fire victim Brenda Albert, whose Warden Run Road home was destroyed in a Feb. 14 blaze, said the structure must be torn down and she does not have the finances to pay for it.
Albert and her teenaged daughter escaped the fire with just the clothes on their backs and their pets.
While friends have been helping with clothes and shelter, the family is in need of funds to get their lives back on track and to pay for removal of the collapsed house. When Albert's husband died seven years ago, she said she had to choose between buying insurance on her house or health insurance for her daughter. She choose her daughter's welfare over buying insurance on the house.
A fund has been set up at WesBanco in Wheeling to aid the family in their recovery. Checks can be made out to Brenda Albert and sent to WesBanco, 1 Bank Plaza, Wheeling, WV 26003.
"That was my family's home since way back and now it's all gone," Albert said. "It's been condemned and it's got to be torn down. Everyone's been helpful, but I'm getting kind of desperate now."
Albert suffered burns to her hands in the fire while her daughter was treated for smoke inhalation. Wheeling Fire Department investigators are continuing their investigation into the cause of the blaze.
- A fund has been set up at WesBanco in Wheeling to aid the Albert family in their recovery. Checks can be made out to Brenda Albert and sent to WesBanco, 1 Bank Plaza, Wheeling, WV 26003.