A Fernwood family’s cabin is a total loss after a fire Jan. 5, and community members have rallied to their aid.

The fire reportedly started at approximately 5-6 a.m. Jan. 5 at a cabin near Blackwell Road in the Fernwood area. According to Wes Story, who owns the cabin with wife Vicky, no cause has been determined for the fire, which spread rapidly to consume the entire house. Local fire crews were unable to respond to the blaze due to road conditions and the remote nature of the cabin.

“There was no way they could make it,” Mr. Story said. “We just let it burn down, it went very fast. We just watched it burn down.”

Ellen Davenport, Mr. Story’s daughter, said she first heard of the fire when a cousin who had been staying at the cabin arrived at the Fernwood Mercantile, where she is employed.

“My cousin came in shivering, upset and emotional,” she said. “She told me our cabin had burned down up there. I’m surprised she was even able to make it out with how much snow was up there; she was able to use four-wheel drive on her four-wheeler to get out.”

All residents were able to exit the property without any injuries. Sadly, one family dog died in the fire, and all property in the home was destroyed, including clothing and personal items.

Following the fire, the family has received an outpouring of support from other residents in the area. Mr. Story said local resident Elsa Edstrom allowed him and his wife to stay at her home, and other residents have given donations to help the family recover.

“We are so overwhelmed with the amount of support that everyone’s offered,” Ms. Davenport said. “Somebody donated a singlewide trailer to our parents; we just need to figure out where to put it. My boss at the Fernwood Merc also donated money, and so did a gentleman at Country Fair. It’s been overwhelming.”

“I appreciate what they’re doing, and I thank them very much,” Mr. Story said. “We’re all happy about what they’ve done for us, all of us are.”

Family member Erica Martinez has set up a GoFundMe page to help cover expenses.

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