Veteran has a new home built for him after losing his house in McKinley Fire

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - A veteran who lost his home in the McKinley Fire is now living in a cabin built for him by community members after he spent the last few months sleeping in a tent.

Al Fischer, 68, was in the process of rebuilding his home of 40 years after it was destroyed in August during the McKinley Fire.

He was living in a tent in his yard as he attempted to rebuild his life.

But he said he was soon overwhelmed with people attempting to help him.

“I was overwhelmed with stuff. Households filled with old furniture,” Fischer said. “One guy wanted to give me his motor home to live in until this was built.”

His new cabin is one room. The walls are unfinished, his bed is makeshift, but he couldn’t be happier.

"After two months in that tent, this is heaven," he said.

Local community members in Willow heard Al’s story and built him his cabin. He said that the materials were all paid for after people donated to him.

“It's just amazing,” he said.

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