Manor family picking up pieces after losing house to fire
A Manor family of five displaced from their one-story home when fire destroyed it Tuesday evening is picking up the pieces with help from their neighbors and church.
Homeowner Joe Wienskovich, who was not at home when the fire at 106 Midway started about 4:30 p.m., said his wife, Amy, and their three children — ages 5, 11 and 12 — were there and got out safely with their dog and a pet bird. Comet, a gray male cat, is missing.
Wienskovich said the fire started when his 12-year-old son was playing with matches in a back bedroom of the home. He said his son has developmental issues, but declined to elaborate.
“Hopefully, it will get enough parents to talk to their kids,” he said. “Everybody got out OK — there's just some emotional scarring.”
Wienskovich teared up when he talked about how his family has been affected.
“It's all our kids have known,” he said about the home they have owned for 16 years.
He said his 5-year-old daughter is upset that all her stuff is gone. His 11-year-old son is focused on the future, specifically playing baseball on Wednesday with the Ford City Pony League.
“We're all looking forward to the game to get our mind off this,” he said.
He wiped his eyes and said the team had a new uniform waiting for his son. Behind him was the charred remains of the family home.
The house was insured, Wienskovich said, adding “I think some stuff is going to be salvageable.”
Neighbors, friends and members of the Kiski Valley Presbyterian Church, where Wienskovich serves as deacon, have stepped in with financial donations. So have the owners of Bachman Trucking of Natrona Heights, where Wienskovich works.
Within hours of the fire, the neighborhood collected $600 for the family.
“This is a neighborhood where you know your neighbors and where you can count on your neighbors,” Wienskovich said.
He said the family is staying with relatives and is grateful for the outpouring of generosity, but didn't want to have to accept any more donations.
“We've already turned down the Red Cross. Prayers are what we ask for,” he said.
Brigid Beatty is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-543-1303 or email@example.com.
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