Reporting Joan Murray
SUNRISE (CBSMiami) –A South Florida grandmother who lost her grandson and nearly her home in a fire will start rebuilding the house this weekend through the kindness of total strangers.
Cindy Bizier’s Sunrise home was nearly destroyed in a house fire three years ago.
Cindy has spent all this time trying to save the house after discovering the image of a heart left on the soot-covered wall of the garage where she lost all that mattered, her 3-year-old grandson Aiden Bizier, who was found in the garage with his dog Missy at his side.
“Everybody says he’s in a better place. I could picture him laughing,” said Cindy. “That same day a little girl drowned and I could picture him saying come on let’s go off to heaven.”
Cindy had no insurance. She had come to the end when Sunrise officials told her they were about to declare the house unsafe and have it demolished.
Then fate stepped in, or this case, a man they call ‘Cowboy.’
Cindy met Davie contractor Ken De Armas as he was pulling construction permits at the city’s Building Department.
“I was watching her from a chair at the counter and they were telling her she had a limited amount of time before they would bulldoze the house,” said De Armas.
When he heard her tragic story, he knew he had to help and promised to rebuild her home for free along with a team of volunteers.
“I have a saying that says it’s the right thing to do, and I feel right when I do it, so it can’t be wrong,” said De Armas.
Saturday, Cindy will join De Armas and an army of volunteers to begin cleaning up what’s left of the house and begin the rebuilding process.
“There’s still people who have a heart and care about other people. It makes me feel good. When it’s over, I’d like to do the same because I’ve been blessed,” explained Cindy.
While many houses have a pool or piece of art as a centerpiece, the heart found on the wall of the garage will be the center of Cindy’s new home and through it, Cindy’s own heart may begin to heal.
The cleanup begins at 8:00 a.m. Saturday at Bizier’s home in the 11400 block of NW 35th Place in Sunrise.
If you’d like to volunteer or donate materials, call De Armas at 954-931-0748.