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McDonald Chapel man getting new house after found living in horrible conditions

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Relief is coming to a McDonald Chapel man who lived in deplorable conditions after a tornado damaged his house.

A Jefferson County Sheriff's office employee got the relief effort going. Since our story on Earcy Tucker, thousands of dollars have poured in to help him.

Many wonder how Earcy Tucker lived in this house with no running water or electricity since the 2011 tornado. In July, we got a glimpse of how the damage deteriorated conditions.

Earcy Tucker says, "I got accustomed to living that way. All I had, a kerosene heater, that was my only source of warmth."

FEMA gave little help to fix the only home he's ever known. He had no where else to go until Lt. Felicia Rucker Sumerlin stepped in."Our goal was to raise enough money to maybe get him a trailer."

Deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office dug into their pockets and got the word out. "Donations started pouring in after you did the initial report for us. We got money as far away as Boston and Canada."

Around 8,000 dollars came in. Braswell and Gorrie cleared the land and removed his house at no charge.

Rucker Sumerlin says a Methodist group plans to build a new house. Tucker will temporarily live in a trailer. "By the end of next week, he should be in the trailer and should start digging the footing to start building the house."

Tucker says, "It's nice to know there are people out there that have a lot of heart and concern for helping their fellow man."

Tucker has lost the only house he's ever known -- but with a new one- he'll start a new chapter. "I'm happy, I can put it all behind me."

People have offered to donate furniture. An electrician and plumber have also volunteered services.

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