On Aug. 11, I found out the home my father designed and built in 1950, the home I was born in and lived in until I was married, then moved back into for 17 more years with my husband and son to take care of my mother after my father passed away, has burned.
In 2011, after 16 years of waiting for the Lower Sacramento Road Expansion Project to begin, San Joaquin County notified us that they were ready to widen Lower Sacramento Road between Eight Mile Road and the “S” curve at Harney Lane. That meant we needed to move out of our home to make way for the road expansion. Everything went smoothly, the county purchased our home and we vacated (not abandoned) the house in November 2011.
We were told by the county the house would be removed promptly so there wouldn’t be any trouble while it sat vacant waiting for the road widening project to begin.
Sad to say, it went through an abundance of problems. It was rented to a family by a con man posing as the owner, had squatters living in it from time to time, was being used for a drug house and last month, sadly, the body of a deceased man was found in it. Now on Monday, it was in flames.
I have to say I feel relief it has been put out of its misery, but I also feel a big loss that the wonderful and happy home I lived and grew up in and have such fond memories of was put through such an ordeal of sad events.
Norma Filippi Wagner