Homeowner Gone While Fire Strikes

It's a vacationer's worst nightmare.

After a woman left for Colorado last Thursday, she got a phone call over the weekend that her house was on fire.

She's still on her way home, but her parents say it could have been much worse.

A cleaning company has been taking the first steps to sort things out after the fire.

While the homeowner, Deb Galusha, has been out of town, her parents Richard and Patricia have also been keeping an eye on things.

They were called Saturday night after firefighters responded.

"Oh man! To think she had this ready to sell, freshly painted, and new windows, and everything," Richard says.

It was at the home off of 49th and Chicago that neighbors saw smoke and called the fire department just before 7 p.m. Saturday night.

Firefighters were able to put the flames out before it got too out of hand.

No one was hurt, but now, there's still a lot of damage the owner will have to deal with.

“She's very matter of fact. She named about three or four things to me that she hoped would be fine. I see the carpet that she really loves is sitting in the trash,” says Patricia.

The Galushas say it'll be a rough road ahead, but things will turn out alright.

“It'll be fine. We just don't know how it will be fine," says Galusha.

Deb Galusha had been trying to sell the house.

There are still no plans just yet on how the fire will affect that.

There's still no word yet on what caused the fire.

The house sustained around $90,000 in damage.


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