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Korean War veteran wants to save aging home

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- A Korean War veteran is determined to keep his home in north St. Louis even though part of it collapsed Friday.

William Sutherlin was asleep in a front room and woke up to find fire trucks outside his house.  He said he did not realize a section of the west wall of his three story brick home had fallen to his neighbor’s driveway.  The 120 year old house is located  in the 4,500 block of Enright.

He said he was not surprised that the bricks gave way.  St. Louis City building inspectors had told him it needed repair.  In July Sutherlin obtained the necessary architectural drawings and  a city permit and hired a contractor.  He thinks the heavy rain Thursday weakened the already bulging wall.

“It was just a day late,” said his daughter Lizzy Sutherlin as she consoled her father.

The home holds sentimental memories for Sutherlin.  He and his late wife raised eleven children there.  Diane Sutherlin, another daughter,  said, “We all have beautiful memories in this house.”

A city inspector said the property will be condemned, but it can be fixed.  Sutherlin is determined to make the repairs.  He does not want to abandon the house that has been a home for so long.