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Rolfe rallies to aid Black

She lost car, house within days of each other

December 19, 2012
By BILL SHEA ( , Messenger News

ROLFE - Volunteers spent much of Tuesday getting a new home ready for a Rolfe woman whose house was destroyed by fire days after her vehicle was ruined in a crash.

Kitchen supplies and furniture were brought to the house at 502 Second St. in Rolfe while some residents cleaned it up so that Jackie Allen Black and her son can move in.

''We all have our differences, but in times of emergency we all come together,'' said Glenn Markley, one of the volunteers who worked at the house.

The temporary home being set up for Black is a rental property owned by Gary and Carla Peterson.

Markley is the president of the Rolfe Lions Club, which donated $200 to Black so that she would have money for a few days of living expenses.

Donations to assist Black are being accepted at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Rolfe.

The blaze at 307 Broad St. was reported at 11:15 p.m. Saturday, according to Rolfe Fire Chief Glenn Munson.

Munson said firefighters found ''fairly heavy fire'' in two rooms when they arrived. They took a hoseline inside to begin putting out the flames, but had to get out of the house when the ceiling in one room collapsed. After that, they had to spray water on the flames from outside the house.

Firefighters from Pocahontas and the Rolfe Ambulance Service assisted at the scene.

Emergency personnel were on the scene until 4:30 a.m. Sunday. They had to return a couple times on Sunday when flames flared up again. Munson said fire was burning in hidden cavities in the walls and roof that were difficult to reach.

The fire was probably caused by a candle, according to Munson.

''In talking with her, the smoke was real bad,'' Markley said. ''It's a miracle she hit the door and got out.''

Black suffered burns on her feet, but she was not hospitalized.

Days before the fire, Black experienced another calamity in the form of a crash that essentially junked her vehicle. According to Markley, she was on her way to work at Casey's General Store in Gilmore City when she swerved to avoid a deer in the road. Her vehicle went into a roadside ditch and landed on its roof.

''She's had a bad week of luck,'' Markley said.

Black has a second vehicle, but the keys to it were lost in the fire.



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