Photo by Heather Johnson
Hayley, 9, Grayson, 7, and Evan Roundy, 8, of Maxwell, sit on their new deck Monday.
Second-year building construction students at North Platte Community College recently built a deck for the Roundy family, whose home near Maxwell was destroyed by fire shortly before Christmas.Materials were provided to the students, who built the deck in a community service project, spokeswoman Heather Johnson said.
The deck serves as a link between two campers where family members have lived since their home was destroyed.
David and Josie Roundy have seven children with them, ages 14, 10, 9, 8, 8, 2 and 2.
The home is two miles southwest of Maxwell on West Island Road. The temperature was around 12 degrees when the fire broke out around 3 a.m. Dec. 9.
The Maxwell fire department answered the call, joined by the Brady and North Platte fire departments, but only the walls and a caved-in roof remained when the fire was extinguished.
The family left the house in their pajamas, although some were able to put on shoes and winter coats. Within a couple days, the campers were moved in and the family began to rebuild from their losses.