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Friday, August 17, 2012

Volunteers sought to rebuild house in West Windsor

The family of a 70-year-old woman whose West Windsor home went up in flames last year is appealing to the public for help to rebuild.

Dolores Banks spent three months in a coma from the smoke she inhaled in the Sept. 24, 2011, incident.

She was rescued from the burning house at 1199 Chappell Ave. by police officers and kept alive by paramedics.

Banks eventually recovered, but her single-storey bungalow-style home sustained more than $100,000 in damage.

Now the Banks family is asking for volunteers in an effort to renovate the decades-old house.

According to an ad placed on Kijiji.ca, Dolores and her husband Donald were denied coverage by their insurance company - "leaving their home of 50 years in desperate need of repair."

Dolores Banks is the mother of former NHL player and current Las Vegas casino host Darren Banks.

Darren Banks said the ad was placed by his sister, and his parents are currently living in an apartment on the east side.

"They lost everything in their house. All their personal belongings," Darren said on Thursday. "Nothing in the house can be rebuilt by insurance (money)."

The ad asks for the help of volunteers of any skill level - and the specific help of licensed carpenters, electricians, window installers, plumbers, tillers and drywall workers.

Anyone interested in lending their labour and expertise is asked to call 519-256-0167 or respond to the Kijiji ad via email (Ad ID 403392829).

Source: Windsor Star

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