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Family rebuilding from the ashes one month after Yale Road Fire

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VALLEYFORD, Wash. -

Jessica Reinbold and her husband moved onto East Stoughton Road three years ago to help take care of her widowed mother-in-law.

The couple lives in a mobile home on Reinbold’s parent’s property.

Because there isn’t a whole lot of room for storage, they kept everything in the barn.

On August 21st, the Yale Road Fire swept through the property and burned the barn to the ground along with everything that was inside.

“Our barn was not only our shelter for our cows,” said Reinbold. “It sucks when you lose everything, you don’t know what people go through until you’re one of them.”

Tools, winter clothes, family pictures, and Reinbold’s late sisters’ keepsakes were all lost when the barn burned down.

“It’s been a month and I still come out here and I cry because I don’t know what to do,” said Reinbold. “It’s just complete devastation.”

The Reinbold’s lost 13 of their chickens. The cattle survived but Jessica is scrambling to put some sort of shelter up for them before winter comes.

“Everything we need to fix stuff with is gone,” said Reinbold.

The Reinbold’s have taken three trailer loads of scrap metal off their property to trade it for whatever they can get.

They are using wood pallets and rusted nails left over from the fire to build a temporary chicken coop.

“It’s not going to be the ideal chicken coop,” said Reibold. “But it’s going to work.”

Reinbold says her and her husband will be loading scrap metal off their property for three to four weeks before they can start to rebuild the barn, but Jessica says that likely wont happen until after winter.

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