Construction Begins on First Post-Fire Home Rebuild in Coffey Park

January 8, 2018  |  Environmental, Wildfire

In October, the Tubbs Fire blazed through the Coffey Park neighborhood in Santa Rosa, destroying 1,347 homes. The remains of hundreds of the homes have already been swept away, leaving entire empty blocks full of nothing but dirt and debris.

Naturally, the first home rebuilding project is a welcome sign for a community still reeling from the fire’s devastation. “Hopefully this is the start of many more here,” said Robert Williams, a local contractor involved with rebuilding the three-bedroom, two-bath house on Kerry Lane.

With nearly 3,000 homes destroyed in Santa Rosa, the city’s residents still have a long way to go when it comes to rebuilding their community after the fires. But breaking ground on the first construction project is clearly a positive step in the right direction.

The rebuild project shows that “this is doable, and it’s a start,” according to Santa Rosa Mayor Chris Coursey. “I think it signifies that we have some pretty plucky people in this community.”

The home on Kerry Lane is the first to receive a permit to rebuild, though 11 other homeowners have already requested permits throughout Santa Rosa: 4 others in Coffey Park, and 7 in Fountaingrove. Additionally, county officials have issued 17 permits for damaged structures.

Hundreds of area residents impacted by the fires are seeking to recover their losses by filing suit against PG&E for their alleged role in causing the fires. If you lost a home or were affected in some other way, contact the California Fire Lawyers at 707-533-8128 to discuss your options.

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