March 5, 2013

Volunteer helps save Bath couple's home

The Associated Press

BATH — A husband and wife ordered out of their home because city officials judged that it was dangerous are being allowed to stay because of the generosity of others.

The city ordered Alan and Yvonne Orchard to vacate their home in December because of a hole in the roof and a structurally unsound foundation. The city even found them an apartment.

Russell DuPree of Freeport heard about the Orchards' predicament and set about fixing the house. He patched the hole and shored up the foundation.

An engineer determined the building was safe.

The order to vacate was rescinded in Sagadahoc County court last month. The city council is expected to do the same Wednesday.

Yvonne Orchard tells The Times Record that she and her husband are "happy and relieved."

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