Stranger Rebuilds Euless Family's Home After Fire

By Julie Fine
|  Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014  |  Updated 11:01 AM CDT
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A stranger has organized a team of contractors to rebuild a Euless family's home after it was destroyed by a fire in December.

A stranger has organized a team of contractors to rebuild a Euless family's home after it was destroyed by a fire in December.

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A stranger is rebuilding a Euless family's home after it was destroyed by a fire in December.

Piti Alaiasa and her family lost everything when an electrical line fell on the home on Aransas Drive and sparked a fire during the frigid ice storm on Dec. 12.

Sixteen people lived in the home, but only Alaissa, her husband and parents were home at the time of the blaze. All made it out of the fire safely, but the family lost everything they owned in the flames.

Throughout Euless, people called this house grandma's house. Alaiasa opens her home to anyone who needs help.

Aaron Strauser, who works in fire restoration, saw Alaiasa's story on NBC 5 and wanted to help the Alaiasa family.  Strauser organized a team of contractors to help rebuild the home.

“I sent out a text message saying these people need help, and within five minutes all our contractors and material suppliers said they are in,” Strauser said.

Strauser decided it was time someone did something good for this giving family. It took some time convincing the family, but he got the green light.

“They didn’t understand why some guy wants to help them. They are givers, not used to taking help,” added Strauser.

“He kept saying, 'I am willing to help. I want to help. Please let me help,'” said Alaiasa.  “I am thankful that he happened to see our story, and you know, took the chance to help our family out."

Strauser said he hopes to have the family back in their home sometime in March.

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