Titusville Man Loses His House a Day Before His 83rd Birthday
Gary Maskier woke up at 2:30 Saturday morning -- to the smell of his house burning.
"I got up, and it was just a whole bunch of smoke," he said.
The smoke blinded him, but after decades in the same home, he could escape without seeing.
"Couldn't even see to get out the bedroom door," he said. "So I just walked where I usually do, walked out and grabbed a rail and followed the rail and went down the stairs."
His son Mark lives next door, and together, they called firefighters who contained the blaze.
But now, Gary has nothing.
"Everything he owns is gone," his son said. "I mean everything. Pictures, memories, all his personal belongings. You're talking hunting, fishing, guns,clothes, TVs, electronics, model airplanes he used to fly. Everything's gone."
Instead of giving his home to Mark, the Air Force veteran will have to move in with his son.
"I figured I helped him out for a long time when it was his day, so it's about his turn for a little bit," Masiker said, chuckling.
Even after losing the home he's owned for generations, Masiker says he's still grateful.
"I'm thankful I'm still here," he said. I'll tell you that.
Firefighters still don't know what caused the fire on Hartman road.