A fire on Route 365 in the Town of Trenton not only destroyed a house, barn, and a work shed, but family member Henry Synakowski Sr. also died at the scene. His daughter Nancy described her father as a very proud Polish man. Nancy’s Brother, Sister-in-law, and their 3 children were all living in the house while they took care of Henry, a man dedicated to the farm. Nancy Synakowski Annis talked about what her father was like.
"This was his life. This was everything… we moved here in 1960 and I was 3, and he never wanted to go anyplace. He was perfectly content just to sit here and watch the cars go by."
Barneveld Fire Chief Kevin Kalk knows the family personally, and had to deal with multiple fires, an oxygen explosion, his emotions, and more.
"18 years in the fire service, this is the worst fire conditions I’ve ever experienced due to the winds, the rate the fire spread. Before we were on the scene, we had 3 structures going. We were on the scene in approximately 6 minutes from the time of the call. There’s nothing else we could do."
All this loss has Nancy wondering what the family will do next.
"I don’t know. I guess they’re going to learn. I don’t know… I don’t know."
But neighbors like Michael Bolton know the support is there when they need it.
"This is a very close, tight community you know. I mean it’s not as close as it used to be, but people are still pretty close here, and they’ll do what they can to help."
The house, the tool shed, and the barn are all considered a total loss, so a Go-Fund-Me page as well as a Key Bank account have been set up for anyone interested in donating to help the family. An account is set up for donations at Key Bank under Jennifer Synakowski’s name.