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22 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25 - MONDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2013 NEWS Cape Gazette RYAN MAVlTY PHOTO REHOBOTH BEACH SINGER/SONGWRITER VIKI DEE surveys damage caused by a fire that destroyed her home Oct. 20. The fire caused $70,000 in damage and took the lives of Dee's pets - a dog, a cat and a cockatoo. Viki Dee lost all of her work- songs and lyrics - as well as family keepsakes. Continued from page l "It's so much more than losing a home; it's what it rep- "I put a lot of money into the resented," Dee-said. "I had my house," Dee said. "It was really father's things in there, and he's pa'mful to watch that happen." deceased, so I have nothing of After performing at Delaware his anymore. People think the Distilling Company Oct. 20, Dee memory is compensation, and came home to find her house it's really not. You want to hold smothered in smoke. The fire something tangible." caused $70,000 in damage, and it Dee is staying with friends as took a of Dee's most cherished investigators continue to deter- possessions: a dog, a cat and a mine the cause of the fire. She cockatoo all perished, said she has been overwhelmed "It's hard," she said. "I'm left by the support of the community, with nothing but the clothes who have helped with donations that were on my back. I don't and support. have anything. I'm really starting "I think it's what's kept me over. I'm blessed to be alive. But going," Dee said, choking back the animals, that's what breaks tears. "It says something about my heart." this community when people Dee said when she came home are in need - they're right there from her performance, her bed- to help in any way they can. I'm room was still in flames. She blessed beyond belief. They're tried to enter the front door. my angels." When* she did, Dee said, the She said her mother and her backdraft blew her off the porch, sister are flying in from Los She dialed 911, and frantically Angeles to provide support. Dee called for her dog, Philip. has decided to cancel her perfor- "The smoke was just huge. I mances for the immediate future. couldn't even see," Dee said. "I don't have it in me," Dee Investigators' initial assess- said, "It takes a lot. I can't stand ment, s he said, is that it was an very long. I can't concentrate electrical fire caused by wiring, very much. I'm a little out of Her house was insured, but sorts. I'm just going to take a Dee is most emotional about the break for a little while to get things she can't get back. my head together and get some Phillip was 13 years old, and strength back. Then I'll go back her cockatoo had just turned 24. up." "They were my family. He was She said she doesn't plan to be my boy," Dee said of Phillip. "I away from the stage for too long, tell everybody I miss my boy but for now, she doesn't want the every Nay. I can't get that back. 'stress of her situation to affect I don't care about the house as her performance. much as I care about them." "It won't be long, because I It was only when she began to know I'll miss it," she said. go through the house to see what Dee's friends will host a Satur- was salvagable that what hap- day, Nov. 16 fundraiser. pened began to sink in. Dee said The fundraiser will be held watching her home go.up was a from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Rusty helpless feeling. Rudder in Dewey Beach. Orga- "I felt like I was having an out- nizer Mary Ann Slinkman said of-body experience," she said. Rusty Rudder owner Alex Pires "Every thing was surreal. It's has donated not only the Rud- still surreal. It's unimaginable, der, but the food for a spaghetti The word shock isn't even a big dinner, desserts and drinks from enough word. I couldn't believe the cash bar. the effect of what a fire can re- The fundraiser requires $25 ally do.!' tickets, which can be purchased In addition to her animals, Dee at Maggio Shields Realty on Route 1 and at Sign A Rama on Rehoboth Avenue Extended. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to Dee, Slink- man said, and the night will feature a roster of local enter- tainers. Pires said, "She's a wonderful person, a talented singer/musi- cian. Viki's had a bad break but needs to know the community is going to help her get back on her feet." Dee is aware of the benefit and was thankful to Pires for donat- ing the space. "I think I'm going to be a wreck," she joked. Despite all she's been through, Dee said she is trying to stay positive. "It's a whole new lesson. I've never experienced this lesson. It's a new life. It's a brand-new life. I guess the positive aspect of it is I've been given a new begin- ning. 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