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Homeowner speaks about losing house in Collier wildfire

Posted at 7:56 PM, Mar 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-09 19:56:19-05

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - As firefighters continue their efforts to battle the 7,500-acre wildfire that tore through the Picayune Strand State Forest this week, relief efforts have begun to help the families who lost their homes in the blaze.

GoFundMe accounts have been set up for Jim Kurth, who lost his home at 4895 LeBuff Road, and Todd Waldeck, whose home on Benfield Road burned.

Laurence LeBuff, who built the first home for he and his wife Peggy on the road that was named after him, is being assisted by a disaster relief fund set up by the Living Word Family Church.

"We don't have insurance," said LeBuff, who hopes to rebuild on the property. "The house is what they consider un-insurable, because it was an over 30-year-old frame house."

"The material things are gone, but the memories are still there," he added.

The disaster relief fund is set up here  

The GoFundMe account to help Jim Kurth: here

To help the Waldecks, their GoFundMe account: here