Knowing the risk, Ormsby worked whenever he could on the house and encouraged the contractors to work as efficiently as possible, Todd said.
He estimated his family had invested $160,000 to pay for the materials and labor it took to build the house, Todd said. It wasn’t completely finished, but they had wanted to move in anyway with their 12-year-old daughter, Kelsey, once they obtained a certificate of occupancy and the house was in livable condition, she said.
Ormsby, Todd and their daughter will continue living in the house they rent in Morrisonville until they are able to build another home.
Todd had already notified their landlord that they would be leaving and had begun packing up their belongings.
Luckily, they hadn’t started the moving process before the fire.
Contractors who know or have worked with Ormsby have generously agreed to donate their time to build a new house for the family, Todd said.
On the agenda now is raising enough money to cover the cost of building materials.
Family friend Kerry Roth has collected more than $1,100 in donations for Ormsby and Todd.
Roth worked for five years as a nurse with Todd at CVPH Medical Center before she took a job at Adirondack Medical Center.
“She’s my best friend,” Roth said of Todd.
Roth has also applied to Adirondack Medical Center’s Guardian Angel Fund on behalf of the family.
Todd said her family is thankful to Roth and others who have helped them in their time of need.
“I didn’t have to ask for any help,” she said. “She (Roth) brought things together. She brought people together.”
In the next few months, Roth said, she has plans to organize another fundraiser for Ormsby and Todd, maybe a spaghetti dinner or bake sale.
For now, Key Bank on Route 3 in Plattsburgh is accepting donations on Todd and Ormsby’s behalf.