House fire last in line of bad luck for Maplewood family

12:19 PM, Jun 22, 2013   |    comments
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MAPLEWOOD, Minn. --  Eight months ago a brand new house in Maplewood became the home of David Wright's dreams but early Friday morning it became the scene of his nightmare.

"We heard the loudest crack of thunder I've ever heard in my life," David recalled of the jolt that woke he and his wife up just before 4 a.m.

Minutes after that crack David said the power was blinking on and off and then he and his wife Caroline smelled the gas.

"We got out of the house as fast as possible. We each grabbed our wedding rings and that's all we have and the clothes we are wearing," David said hours after the fire destroyed the house.

By dawn's light they knew the dream home and everything inside was gone.

And that's not even the worst of it.

"The story gets worse. Two years ago my wife was diagnosed with cancer and she is going through her second round of chemo," David said tearfully.

Ovarian cancer is the battle Christine was waging when lightning struck Friday morning and this past Easter Sunday when their home was robbed and two weeks ago when David lost his grandfather.

A lot of pain has visited, and on the day the lightning struck they were supposed to be at Grandpa Art's funeral.

"Today, we are supposed to be heading up to Duluth for my grandfather's funeral. Now, we've got this," David said.

A person should only be dealt, we are told, what they can handle.

So, in a stroke of humor and perhaps a gentle slap back to faith David ran an errand hours after the fire that ravaged the house.

He bought two lottery tickets.

It would make for one heck of a happy ending for a guy, who sure does, deserves one for a change.

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