Delhi family loses historic home after house catches fire

DELHI TWP., MI (WLNS) – A local family is combing through the rubble after a fire destroyed their historic home late Friday night.

Fire-Fighters spent hours battling the flames sparked by an electrical problem, that started in the attic.

And while Delhi Fire attempted to save the home on the 1700 block of North Waverly Rd, the house was at a total loss.

Memories are the only thing left as members of the extended Buck family stared at the charred remains of the home, that they say has been passed down from one generation to the next.

According to Julie Niswonger  the loss of this wooden house is one that impacts dozens of people in her extended family.

“We are one of the first 5 settlers of Ingham County and this is grand-fathered in. And from that post over there, all the way over it’s been a part of 168 acres at one time, this is the last of the property” Julie Niswonger said as she pointed down Waverly Road.

According to Niswonger the land known as “Centennial Farm” has been handed down through her family for more than 5 generations.

The house was built in the 18 hundreds and holds a family history dating back to her great-grandmother

“She was the mother of 6 children and all of them she gave birth to and all of them were born in this house except one. Who was my father he was the only one born in a hospital” family member Penny Nichols said.

According to Penny Nichols the family has done everything they can to hold on to this home and what’s left of their 13 acres.

And while tonight she’s thankful everyone is alive, it’s a loss that’s still hard to bare.

“It’s not just a house this was the home that generations where raised in nurtured in, you know the love.” Penny Nichols said.

“Several people have come home again when they needed to, when there was nowhere else to go, or when they was divorce or kids wanted to see grandparents or whatever so it’s just, it’s going to be nowhere where anyone can come back home to.” Julie Niswonger said.

“If we could do something to help, to keep this part of the family, to keep the farm together to keep this heritage alive, it would be great.” Nichols said.

Family members tell 6 News they have hopes to rebuild some sort of home on the property, so the members of the Buck family can continue to have a gathering place for generations to come,

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