Belongings destroyed in fire; couple pushes forward
TOLEDO, Oh (WNWO) —
Katelyn Todd and Randy Yockey were one day away from moving into their very first house.
Then, their world was turned upside down.
"We're sitting there watching the whole place go up in flames...it's the worst thing ever," said Randy Yockey.
Everything had been packed, sitting in boxes ready for their new home.
Then came a knock on the door, changing everything.
Their building at Andover apartments was on fire.
"It's really emotional because you pack up all your stuff, you buy a house...and you have nothing to move into it," said Katelyn Todd.
Katelyn had been counting down the days to get keys to her new house.
Now, it just doesn't feel the same.
"The day gets here and it's not as exciting as it was supposed to be," said Todd.
The couple is not sure what to do next, but they know they have to get their new house ready, even if they don't have belongings to move into it.
"The step today is getting the house up to par so that we can move in yes. Until the, we're jut going to stay at my brothers house until we can move in in the next few days," said Yockey.
While all of their stuff is gone...others have stepped in and filled the void.
"We're getting a lot of support from our relatives and close friends and from there they're even reaching out to people we don't even know. We're getting a lot of help from complete strangers and it' the greatest thing. We feel so vulnerable having to get help but at the same time it feels so good to know that there are so many people who care about complete strangers out there," said Yockey.
Despite going through their own losses, they're still thinking about others.
"It's for all these other people who don't have anything to go home to. This is our house but not many people are as fortunate as we are," said Todd.