Lynchburg Family Trying to Clean Up After Part of House Collapses

Lynchburg, VA - The snow may be disappearing but one Lynchburg family's problems are just starting to take form, after a wall in their house collapsed.

ABC 13 first reported the incident last week when it happened, just before the storm rolled in. No one was injured, but it left their home exposed to all that snow.

Alice Stump says three generations of her family have lived in the house, which was condemned by the city last week. After another inspection today though, the Stumps will be allowed to move back into the far side of the duplex. A little bit of light in what has been a very dark situation.

"I looked at it and I was in disbelief," said Alice.

"I was just stunned. I don't know if I had a thought or anything. It took me a couple days just to even realize what had even happened," said her husband, Charles.

Last Tuesday evening, Charles Stump heard a familiar sound; something he'd grown used to, living so close to 5th Street construction.

"A loud rumble, it sounded like a dump truck or something coming down the street," said Charles.

Out of curiosity he went outside to seek the source. What he found on the other side of the duplex, made his stomach drop.

"Pretty depressing, pretty sickening. I mean I still feel like I've been punched in the gut," said Charles.

Charles called Alice at work.

"I didn't know what to say. All I knew was I had to come home," said Alice.

Alice was stunned at the sight of what used to be her son's bedroom. But she was also relieved that her son, who was supposed to be home, had avoided the entire catastrophe.

"He was five minutes away from the house when it collapsed," said Alice.

The Stumps call it a miracle that no one was injured. And despite their devastation, they're thankful that they still have each other.

"Things could be replaced, but we could not be," said Alice.

"Everybody keep us in your prayers," said Charles.

The Stumps say they don't know exactly why the wall collapsed. They do not have home insurance, so now they're tasked with paying for the entire rebuild. They have had some help from the community already, but still have a long way to go.

If you'd like to help the Stumps, you can send donations to the following address:

Alice and Charles Stump

P.O. Box 11831

Lynchburg, VA 24506