A Vietnam veteran lost almost everything in a house fire in Caledonia this week. Here’s how you can help | Local News

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CALEDONIA — His army photo has been taped. But not much else.






Pictured is damage sustained following Tuesday morning’s fire on the 12100 block of 7½ Mile Road.


Courtesy of Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin


Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin is raising money for a veteran who lost his home and all of his belongings in a house fire earlier this week.

No injuries were reported. The loss of the home is estimated at $25,000, according to Lt. Matt McGuire of the Caledonia Fire Department.

According to the CFD: The 911 call came in Tuesday morning when it was a structural fire on the 12100 block of 7½ Mile Road. Initial staff arrived on scene after 9 a.m. and reported smoke coming from the house.

Once firefighters entered the house, they discovered that there was a small fire originating from the bedroom at the back of the house, which was quickly extinguished.







Army photo of George Shelton

Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin was able to recover a handful of clothing and Vietnam veteran George Shelton’s Army photo, but nothing else, VOW said in a news release. Shelton rented the single-storey house on the 12100 block of 7½ Mile Road and was the sole occupant before a fire damaged the house on Tuesday morning.


Courtesy of Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin


The sole occupant of the house, Vietnam veteran George Shelton, left the house safely. He was renting the single storey house.

Investigation into the cause of the fire concluded it was an accidental fire, McGuire said.

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The Caledonia Police Department assisted with traffic control and the Red Cross was also contacted for assistance in finding temporary shelter for Shelton.







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Pictured is damage sustained following Tuesday morning’s fire on the 12100 block of 7½ Mile Road.


Courtesy of Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin








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Pictured is damage sustained following Tuesday morning’s fire on the 12100 block of 7½ Mile Road.


Courtesy of Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin


VOW stepped in and housed Shelton in his small veteran village for homeless or at-risk vets. The organization also hopes to raise $10,000 through a Facebook fundraiser (facebook.com/donate/557110182344356) and in-person donations at its headquarters at 1624 Yout St., Racine, to purchase items Shelton may have need when he finds a new home.

“We were able to recover a handful of clothes and his army picture, but nothing else,” a statement from VOW said. “Due to this very unfortunate situation, we ask for your support in getting this veteran back on his feet… Thank you for being a hero for heroes.”

In one day, over $3,000 of the $10,000 fundraising goal was raised.

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