HARMON – Don’t tell B Dondelinger that lightning never strikes the same place twice.
The 53-year-old Harmon woman is trying to start over one more time, after her two-story home in the 400 block of Van Petten Road burned down Jan. 2.
It was the home she’d built 7 years ago to replace her former home, which also burned to the ground – on the same site.
Dondelinger wasn’t home at the time, but the fire took most everything, including her four pets: Zoey, a 3-year-old Doberman, Rottweilers Tiffany, 8, and Max, 6, and her Maine Coon cat, Lil Bit, also 6.
The cause of the fire still is being investigated; the previous one was an electrical fire, said her sister, Candy Roath.
Dondelinger, whose given name is Brenda, was insured, and she’s staying with her pastor for the time being. She has enough donated clothes, and until she finds a place to stay, does not need furnishings or household items.
In fact, with a wardrobe that fits and a roof over her head, Dondelinger said she feels blessed.
“I am happy I wasn’t home asleep at the time,” she said.
A benefit is being planned, but in the meantime, Roath and other family members have started a GoFundMe account to help Dondelinger get back on her feet. Go to gofundme.com and search for “Starting Over for Brenda” to donate.