No place like home for the holdays for Reilly family
By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writer
This Christmas, the Reilly family of Hagerstown said they got the best gift ever - a new home to replace the one destroyed by fire nearly a year ago.
It's good to be back home, Thomas and Irene Reilly said as they sat in the living room of their newly built two-story duplex at 620-622 George St. Wednesday.
"We always knew we'd rebuild," said Thomas Reilly.
The couple lived with relatives, then rented a home nearby while theirs was under construction. In early December, they were able to move in and quickly got settled.
A Hagerstown fire marshal blamed the Jan. 31 fire on a faulty refrigerator cord at 620 George St.
Firefighters from 22 companies were needed to put out the blaze that gutted the duplex. Two neighboring buildings also were damaged when winds blew the 20 foot flames their way.