A lone Japanese maple planted by Evelyn France’s mother survived a Nov. 15 house fire on Lowell Street in Elyria that destroyed almost all but memories.

“At last, we’re rebuilding,” France said Aug. 24 while watching workers dig footers. “I’m just feeling so blessed on so many levels, because this is the second time it’s a beginning, but it’s a closure.”

France recalled Nov. 15, the day of the fire.

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