She said she is setting up a special donation fund to help replace those items.
“She had so much there,” Staley said. “I used to live there before, and that’s where her toys were. I didn’t take anything when I left.”
HARD TO UNDERSTAND
Staley said Laurelie hasn’t been able to grasp the fact that her home is gone.
“She just didn’t understand.”
Staley said she showed Laurelie pictures of the burned house to help explain the situation.
“She looked at it and said, “Why? Why did it happen?”
“I said sometimes bad things happen to good people.”
The iguana named Iggy that died in the fire was Laurelie’s pet, as was a snake, Staley said.
The three dogs — Peety, Moose and Harley — were saved by neighbors.
Staley explained to her daughter that the important thing is that no one was hurt.
“All the important things are here,” she said. “Everybody’s going to come together to make sure she has what she needs.”
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