A bank account has been set up to collect donations to rebuild Jim Wells’ house on Mosquito Road, which burned to the ground on March 18.
The account is being set up by Steve Linson, a friend of Wells’ and whose father Wells is staying with.
“He lost everything, the clothes on his back, everything,” Linson said. “He’s totally destitute now.”
Linson and others concerned about Wells tried to go to businesses to solicit donations. They were met with little success, getting only a Red Cross donation of $243.
Wells, who lived in the house for nearly 65 years, was born locally. “He knows nowhere else,” Linson said.
Although Linson intends to go to the county to obtain permits to build a new home, he said it was going to be “tough.” “We’ll probably have to do a manufactured home,” he said.
The new house will be built on Wells’ two acres of land, “depending on what the county comes up with,” Linson said.
“We’d like to help the guy out,” Linson said.
Donations can be made in Wells’ name at Umpqua bank. Volunteers for the rebuilding effort can contact Linson at 530-344-3115.