The Blackwell's home was one of the many houses that burned down last summer in the Charlotte Fire. Their granddaughter Brianna Richardson re-lives for us what it was like that day.
"It was terrible, I didn't really like it. I was panicking a little when it started, and I helped them pack all the stuff, and it was just scary," said Richardson.
Glen Blackwell said, "we had to rebuild the house, rebuild the yard, rebuild our lives, rebuild everything, and working on it just a day at a time, setting goals for each day and working on it as we go."
A year after the fire and all the hard work in rebuilding, the Blackwell’s say they are satisfied with the end result, which is this beautiful home.
"I wouldn't want to wish it on anybody. It wasn't something I planned, but now that it's done, we're very happy with the way things are turning out. They’re coming together, you know we lost a lot of things we can't replace, but we can make a new life," said Blackwell.
Richardson stated, "At first I was kind of sad because it wasn't like the old one, but now I actually like it. I like all my stuff I have in my room and I like it a lot."
Glen has made good use of the wood from the burned down trees in the blaze, by recycling it to make furnishings for the interior of their home. Since then, they have replanted over seven hundred bushes and trees to replace the old ones and start the regrowth process.
"We got a new house now and we are working in the yard, making it up to par to what we want. it's just like starting all over again, only a little better because we were able to change things that we wanted to change,” said Blackwell.
The Blackwell’s are happy to be in their new home and excited to see the growth of those trees they planted.