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House is a Total Loss

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 15th, 2014

Flandreau man loses his home

Carleen Wild

Enterprise staff

Scott Anderson was out of town this past week when he got the call. His home was on fire and it didn’t look like there would be much left.

“I had company, my guests were cooking chili and fry bread and I guess it just somehow got away from them,” Anderson said.

There are sadly, few things left that are recognizable in the ashes and rubble now sunken into the foundation north from Flandreau a couple of miles - a weight bench, mattress coils and a yearbook that has been rescued and perched atop a tree stump. Everything burned. From the mailbox out at the front of the driveway looking to where Anderson’s home once stood, there is actually very little evidence a home was ever there other than a grill that sits down the driveway and an oil tank standing all alone.

It is devastating and the latest in an incredibly difficult series of events over the past six months for Anderson.

The home, he says, can be replaced.

The family members and dear friends who’ve passed away recently, cannot.

“I’ve been pretty stressed and depressed by all of the deaths, I’ve essentially had two close friends and four family members pass away since the end of October. They’re gone and that’s just been really tough. All of this, the house, that can be replaced,” said Anderson.

Anderson did not have homeowners insurance. He said he had chosen recently to go without in the face of other bills that needed to be paid. Anderson says the Flandreau Santee Sioux have asked how they might help and are working to help him find some alternative, temporary housing. He says he hopes to eventually rebuild.

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