On January 5, 2019, Tina Trabucco and her husband, Matt, came home from their sons’ basketball games to find their house engulfed in flames. “When we tried to get in and rescue the dog, we couldn’t see past the smoke,” Tina recalls. “It had risen upstairs, got into the HVAC, the ductwork, and it collapsed the kitchen where it all started.” Sadly, their 15-year-old dog Bailey didn’t make it out alive, and after a six-week investigation, they determined their dishwasher caused an electrical fire. The smoke damage was so extensive that they’d need to strip the home down to the studs and rebuild.
It was a particularly tough blow for the Trabuccos, who just three months earlier had completed a renovation to their 1950s craftsman. They’d upgraded the entire master suite and relocated a fourth bedroom to make the house more functional for their family, which includes sons Colin, 7, and Tyler, 9. The idea of starting all over was daunting, but abandoning this home was never an option.
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