Alicia Koch and her children mingled with a few dozen community members yesterday at noon in the Co-Op parking lot. An impressive amount of people stopped by to support the family with a pulled pork BBQ fundraiser.
The Koch family tragically lost their entire home in a fire on Friday, July 6th.
After the BBQ fundraiser, Discover Estevan had an opportunity to speak with Koch about the aftermath of the fire.
“There was no real conclusion to what started the fire. There were a few issues as to why they could not come to a full conclusion, one being that everything was in such bad shape in the house,” Koch explained when asked how the fire investigation concluded. “Assumptions are all we have, and it still seems it may have been electrical.”
Right now the Koch family is working with their insurance company; assessing damages and loses and determining compensation. After that, paperwork and more waiting. Both Koch and her husband have now returned to their jobs this week, as well.
“One thing that I would like people to know,” Koch told us, “is that when the fire was happening that night, I honestly felt alone. This city has made it obvious that we’re not. We’ve had so many people helping us move through this, and that is very humbling and heartwarming. We really could not have gotten to where we are today without them.”
Southern Plains Co-Op’s fundraiser yesterday raised just over $900.00, all of which will be donated to Alicia Koch and her family.
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