It’s over a week later and I think they’ve recovered all they can from the house. The insurance people have been incredible. It’s now likely that my brother will sell his lot to a contractor and buy a new house in the same town. They should be able to do this and replace nearly everything lost in the fire with the insurance money.
His fiancee’s workplace and my sister’s school (she’s a teacher) have been taking up collections to help cover the rest. A first grader offered everything she had (about $700) because my brother lost his dog and that made her very sad. The money wasn’t accepted, but this is just one example of the type of things that have been happening over the last week. It’s been incredibly uplifting.
Sorry I’ve been bad about replying to everyone’s comments on the last couple of entries about this. For the obvious reasons, spare time in the last week wasn’t what it should be. Thanks for all the kind words.
Oh and in answer to the standing question…. The hard drive that I salvaged from the melted Dell laptop was a Toshiba.