Remodeling well underway at 103-year-old Midland resident's home after fire

Remodeling well underway at 103-year-old Midland resident's home after fire

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - It's a follow up to a story we brought you more than a week ago. A longtime Midland resident, who is known to many as "Big Mama," has lived in the same home for more than 70 years. While she was away getting medical treatment, her home caught fire.

Home Depot stepped up to help her and you won't believe how much progress they have made in such a short amount of time.

It's been a whirlwind for the family of Narcie Mae Clemons, 103.

"You don't smell any of the smoke anymore," said Isaac Garnet, the homeowner's grandson.

Clemons' home is more than 70 years old.

"1945 Air Force barracks is one solid house," said Garnett.

After a fire broke out in Clemons' bedroom, the house looked a lot different than it does now.

"I immediately contacted NewsWest 9 and they got me hooked up with Issac," said Lynn Willis, Assistant Manager at the Midland Home Depot.

Home Depot started working on the house immediately. Team Depot is made up of volunteers, some who have worked eight hours a day getting no compensation besides the warm feeling of helping out a fellow Midlander.

"It's all about giving back to the community and 103-year-old "Big Mama." From everything I've heard about her, she needs help. She's been giving and she's a caring person," said Willis.

Not only is the fire and smoke damage being removed, the whole house is getting a much needed upgrade.

"Putting new cabinets in, appliances and everything in the kitchen. Putting new floors through the whole house, fixing the bathroom that was destroyed in the fire," said Willis.

It's much more than Clemons' grandson could have dreamed of.

"It gives her a reason to hang in there," he said. "This is her foundation."

He says it's something she deserves. Clemons' hasn't seen any pictures of the renovations.

For now, Clemons' is staying at the home where she was getting care when the fire started. They have worked out a way for the family to make payments.

Home Depot expects to be done with the home in a few weeks.

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