07/07/2015 12:10 EDT | Updated 07/07/2016 05:59 EDT

Cartwright residents pulling together to rebuild man's burned home

You can't keep a good man down, especially when he's got the whole community of Cartwright behind him

Just over a week ago, Kerman Morris escaped his Cartwright home just in time to watch it go up in flames. A lightning strike sparked a fire that left him homeless.

However, just days later people in the community are banding together to help the 79-year-old rebuild.

Cartwright Mayor Dwight Lethbridge said people in the town did not hesitate to get going on construction work.

"They're at the grindstone, they're rebuilding his house," he said.

"I've never been given a timeline but I wouldn't be surprised if it was up and ready to live in a few weeks."

Community support 'incredible,' says mayor

Lethbridge said to help raise the money for the materials to build the house, people have set up credits at the local building supply store, have been donating clothes and housewares, and have set up a GoFundMe account online —which as of Monday had raised over $8,000.

"The community support is incredible, when people have time they're going to commit time," he said.

"It makes me proud, one person's misfortune can be turned into something wonderful."

The house that burned was a single level bungalow, which should help with the speed of the rebuilding effort.

Lethbridge said Morris's reputation in the community no doubt contributed to the outpouring of support.

"I've heard that he's very thankful, very proud," he said. "This is a man who lived a simple life, was always good to everybody."

"If you showed up to this man's house for fish and brewis on Sunday you were having fish and brewis — whether he knew you or not"