Couple picks up the pieces and prepares for baby after a fire tears through the home
Brighton, N.Y. (WHAM) - A couple is picking up the pieces after losing everything in a fire at their Brighton home Thursday.
Standing in front of a pile of charred belongings at his Coniston Drive home, Jake Boyce was still in disbelief.
“We’re just taking it minute by minute, and trying to figure everything out,” said Boyce. “Right now, everything is a complete whirlwind. We're happy everyone is safe and no one fighting the fire got hurt."
"As soon as it got up to the upstairs, it went right across," Boyce said of the flames.
His home of nearly two years, firefighters said, is a total loss.
“I stared at the house for 10 minutes, trying to wrap my head around what was happening," said Boyce.
Friday afternoon, Boyce salvaged what he could from the home.
“Most of it is gone," he said. “There wasn't a lot, and most of it we salvaged. We won't be able to wash the smoke out of it.”
Among the items was his wife Laura’s wedding dress and mementos from the wedding.
Baby books were also among the rubble. They were gifts for the family who is expecting its first child - a baby girl - on June 22.
The fire heavily damaged the soon-to-be-baby's room and all her gifts the couple recently received from a shower.
"Right now, our main concern is getting the baby ready, because she can come at any time now,” said Boyce. “We lost out car seat."
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Boyce said investigators told him it's possible contractors who were doing work outside the home tossed a cigarette into mulch.
"It went up about 10 minutes after the contractors left,” he said. "It's just, where do we start to rebuild from here?"
The couple is now staying with family.
Boyce said there has been an outpouring of support. A family member has set up a gofundme page to help the couple get ready for the baby.