The day before the Fourth of July, an Easthampton family was forced from their home after a lighting bolt hit their home and started a fire.
Although the flames have long been put out, the family is now working to save what can be salvaged from the home.
While the Lajoie’s home doesn’t look too damaged from the outside, inside the upstairs is charred and downstairs water damage has made the once hardwood floors squishy.
Despite losing so much, the homeowners said they are thinking only of what was saved thanks to first responders.
Now, the family wanted to share their message for the men and women of the police and fire departments in Easthampton.
Among the booming thunder on July 3, Lindsey Lajoie’s wife Kim was at their Easthampton home with their 2-year-old and one of their 12-year-old twins when they heard a big explosion.
"The whole house shook, it sounded like light bulbs shattered," said Lajoie.
She quickly rushed the kids from the house and Lindsey who was at work came home to find flames shooting through the roof, the cause of the fire a lightning strike.
"It struck this flat of a roof on a cape lower than anything else," she explained.
Lajoie told Western Mass News they stood across the street watching their home of six years go up in smoke as fire fighters scurried in and out.
One Easthampton firefighter emerged with a collage of their wedding photos.
"That was the point my wife and I were in tears over that more than anything else," Lajoie added.
They were able to save other items like baby books and photo albums while trying to put out the fire that caused extensive damage to the upstairs of their home.
"I don't think that there are words to express our gratitude for the fire and police departments of our town," Lajoie continued.
She has two words for the police fire and the community that has rallied around their family: thank you.
"Not only did they save our home and keep us safe, the police department has donated to the GoFundMe page. They have been a pillar of support in our community," Lajoie noted.
That GoFundMe page made by a friend of the Lajoie’s is still posted.
The family has recently gotten a lead on an apartment that will be big enough for their family and keep the kids in the same school system as repairs are made to their home over the next 8 months to a year time frame.
They said any additional funds raised they plan to donate to the Red Cross who helped them get back on their feet.
If you would like to make a donation to the Lajoie's online fundraiser, please visit the link here.
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