Dooms Fire Destroys Home of Vietnam Veteran


DOOMS - Early in the morning on Thursday, a fire destroyed the inside of a home on East Side Highway belonging to a 66-year-old Vietnam veteran.

Augusta County Fire and Rescue members say the fire started around 1:30 am in a bedroom.

Rescue crews say an outdoor lamp was attached to a headboard on a bed and put too close to curtains.

The curtains caught fire and the flames quickly spread to other parts of the room and house. Now, David Nardi is without a home.

He lived in the house by himself since 1999 and lost nearly everything he had in the fire.

Nardi said he was doing repairs late at night in the bathroom directly next to the bedroom, when he looked out and saw the curtains on fire.

He tried to put out the flames, however, his attempts did nothing and the raging fire only got worse.

Despite losing everything, Nardi says he's getting lots of support.

"My mom used to say 'Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)'. She would say 'You go to 'Nam and do whatever it takes to survive'," he explained. "I feel that saying now and I have a couple friends who have risen to the occasion. I'm happy to be alive and know people enough that I can trust them and not be paranoid."

Despite all the damage done to his home, Nardi was able to get out of the fire with his poems,writings, and photos from the time he served over in Vietnam.

He says he hopes to release a memoir later this year.


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