Yarnell Hill Fire victim gets new home before Thanksgiving

YARNELL, AZ - Johannah Bode's new home arrived on the highway, and she couldn't be happier.

"I was so excited," Bode said. "I can't wait," she added, laughing.

Bode has lived in Yarnell for 40 years. Back in June the Yarnell Hill Fire destroyed her trailer and she didn't have insurance.

Since then she's been staying with her sister.

But now a new manufactured home is going up at no cost to her, courtesy of the Yarnell Hill Recovery Group, a non-profit helping the small town rebuild following the flames.

"It was very humbling for all of us to be able to see this home come up and be ready for her, especially right before Christmas," said Bob Brandon with the Yarnell Hill Recovery Group.

The group is working on nine new homes, both modular and stick-built.

"It's been a blessing it's really been a blessing," Bode said.

Bode was there with her family as crews rolled onto her lot. Workers will piece and bind everything together, making it whole. 

"A good Thanksgiving blessing," Bode said.

They will also make the home handicap accessible and Bode will get new donated items for inside, like pots and pans, glassware, even bedding and furniture.

"We take care of our own here in Yarnell. I'm very blessed to have all these people help me and help everybody around," Bode said.

"It's humbling, it's very humbling, never seen anything like this ever in my life," Bob Brandon said.

Some lots still sit empty, trees remain black and cars burned. But one thing is for sure, the town will rebuild.

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