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Highlandtown Community To Raise Money For 91-Year-Old’s Home Ruined By Earthquake

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BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Last month’s earthquake destroyed several buildings in Highlandtown. One of them was home to a man who’d lived there for 91 years.

Monique Griego has more on how you can help his community help him.

Within seconds, last month’s earthquake crumbled buildings in Highlandtown. Sky Eye Chopper 13 showed how bad things got on Gough Street.

Henry Reif’s home is on that block.

“I didn’t expect anything,” Reif said.

Reif, who was born in his house 91 years ago, never thought an earthquake would tear it apart. While blue tarps now cover most of the damage, the massive cracks and missing bricks are still visible.

“You could see outside where all the bricks were on the outside came down,” Reif recalled.

The house has been condemned, and beyond the door you can see why the earthquake literally ripped apart its walls.

From the inside of Reif’s upstairs bedroom, you can see a huge gaping hole to the outside with major cracks in the wall. There’s a lot of structural damage.

Reif’s insurance doesn’t cover the damage and he’s also not eligible for state help. Still he can’t imagine not living there, not being able to walk in his neighborhood.

“I don’t want to go no place else,” he said. “This area has been my life. People come and go and I stay.”

Now Reif’s beloved community is stepping up to help him stay.

“To show him respect to what he’s put into this area, and we’re going to give it back,” said Joe Di Pasquale, Di Pasquale’s Marketplace.

This year, Di Pasquale’s Marketplace will use the proceeds from their annual golf tournament to fix the damaged home.

“I can’t believe it,” Reif said. “Everybody’s been good.”

For Reif, the outpouring supports another reason to stay in the only community and home he’s ever known.

Call 410-276-6787 or go here for more information about the golf tournament fundraiser. That golf tournament will be held Oct. 3 at Rocky Point Golf Course.

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