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Apr 8, 2013 8:49 PM by Siera Santos, ssantos@koaa.com

Disabled fire victim gets new home

Last year's Waldo Canyon Fire displaced dozens of families including Maddie Olson's.

Olson was all smiles as she toured her new home in Peregrine on Monday morning. The 20-year-old has cerebral palsy and everything within the two-story home was customized for maximum wheelchair accessibility.

Practically speechless, she described seeing the house for the first time as "overwhelming." She had waited until Monday for the "big reveal."

"I was kind of bummed that I had waited but now I'm glad because it was worth the wait," Olson said.

Olson's favorite feature is the sleek elevator that takes her down to her own floor and the area she calls her "girl cave." David Hammer designed and oversaw the project. Hammer is in a wheelchair himself and takes his situation into consideration for the homes he builds.

"You're going to need help with certain aspects of every day living so the less that you can have and rely on help the more independent you feel," Hammer said.

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