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Waverly family's home still burning nearly 48 hours later

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Flames were still burning Tuesday evening at the site of a massive fire at a Waverly home.

The fire started at a historic church that is now a private home early Monday morning and continues to burn.

The Waverly Fire Department realized very quickly the building could not be saved.

A family of four working to rehab the historic church into a beautiful home, now left with nothing.

Josh Wolff  was in Des Moines when the fire started. His wife and kids are visiting family out of state. 

Wolff waking to dozens of messages about the fire and then spending two hours driving back from Des Moines worrying and wondering.

 He arrived to find his home a complete loss.

"I've been very blessed by the community here. I have had so many good friends helping me out a lot. A lot of good donations. Very thankful for that," said Wolff.

Wolff's phone has been ringing constantly with worried friends and those offering to help.

"It is just gone now. It is tough to think about," said Wolff.

And as the fire continues to burn nearly 48 hours later, the thought of all the memories the fire took, settling in.

"My wife was really hysterical yesterday, but she is doing a lot better now. Knowing that we lost like wedding photos, the back up wedding CD, kids' videos when they were younger," said Wolff.

Wolff had to tell his boys, they won't be coming home for Christmas.

"They are huge stuffed animal fans so all those little animals that they had goofy names for and had special marks drawn on them so they know what is what. They were pretty upset when we told them last night," said Wolff.

Wolff says his wife and kids were originally going to come home for Christmas. Now thanks to some generous donations he is going to be able to make the drive up to Montana to spend the holiday with them.

Wolff tells KWWL, right now, what has been the most helpful are food donations.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

The Waverly Fire Chief says because of the collapse of the building it is very unlikely they will be able to determine the cause of the fire.

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