Family, friends starting fundraisers to help well-known Youngsville family after house fire
Darrell and Carol Weilacher know pretty much everybody.
It’s hard not to when you have seven children and have lived in the same place for most of their lives.
That’s why so many want to help when their home at 1240 Telic Run Rd. in Youngsville was lost to fire last week.
“They lost everything,” said a granddaughter, Krista Weilacher.
According to a daughter, Debra Lyon, the fire happened 31 years to the day another fire struck her parents’ home on Telic Run Road.
“We all grew up there,” said Krista. “I was born a month after the first fire, so all my baby stuff was lost.”
It happened again.
In addition to Darrel and Carol, two sons, Jon and Shawn, and three grandchildren were among those that lived in the house this time.
Krista said, luckily, no one was hurt.
“Thank God they were camping at the fair like every year,” she said, “except my gramps — he had left a little before it started.”
When everyone caught their bearings after the apparent electrical fire, they had to figure out where to go.
“Right now, they are camping at fair still until, I think, this Sunday,” said Krista, “but I don’t know where after that so all they have is about a week’s worth of clothes for everyone except my gramp and uncles and Dakota, they all have about two outfits maybe.”
There is strength in the family.
“We are very close, (and) have cookouts almost every weekend when it is nice,” said Krista.
She said they are holding together emotionally as much as they can be.
“They said they went through it before, they can do it again,” said Krista.
Daughter Debra said they would continue to stay in their motor home, at another daughter’s property, “because they have nowhere else to go.”
“They are happy about (the community support),” said Debra. “Right now, it’s hard for them because they did lose everything they had, clothes, everything.”
“Yes, they know almost everyone, I swear,” said Krista. “I always say we can’t go anywhere because someone is always stopping to chat and then a five-minute ride turns into and an hour-long trip.”
Debra said they had insurance on their home, but “I think it’s going to take at least a month or two (two even figure out what to do).
“They want to rebuild, and my mom’s already heartbroken she’s away from home,” said Debra.
Krista said efforts are being made to raise money for her grandparents and uncles, in the meantime.
“If people want to drop off anything for them, they can contact me on (Facebook) Messenger or my aunt Carla or my mom Deb,” said Krista. “I have put (collection) buckets around businesses in town (Dairy Queen and Kwik Fill in Pittsfield and Kwik Fill in Youngsville) to help, and my uncle (Darrell) set up the gofundme page.”
The GoFundMe page is titled “Help my parents rebuild” at:
The dog and a kitten got out of the home, but to make matters worse, if that’s possible, firefighters “took the kitten with them until someone could pick it up and it escaped, so it is wandering somewhere in town,” said Krista. “Her name is Gidget.”
In addition to the GoFundMe page, a benefit pool tournament will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at the Fairmont Tavern in Youngsville “to raise some money for Shawn, Jon, Nadean, and everyone else as they just lost their home and everything else in a house fire. Will have 50/50, and the tournament will start at 6:00 and will cap at 32 players,” according to the Facebook page “Benefit pool tournament for the Weilachers,” hosted by Danielle Durstine.