What happens to Miss Maudie's house in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Scout describes her first experience with snowfall in Chapter 8 of To Kill a Mockingbird. She is terrified when she sees the white particles falling from the sky, and thinks the world is ending. After a fun day of building a "Morphodite" snowman, in part with Miss Maudie's borrowed snow, the temperature dropped to 16 degrees that night. Everyone had their fireplaces blazing. Scout was awakened in the middle of the night and told to hurry outside. When she heard the "soft taffeta-like sounds and muffled scurrying sounds," she knew a house was on fire. It was Miss Maudie's. Her neighbors managed to save some of her furniture and personal items, but the house was a total loss. According to Maudie, she had left a fire burning in her kitchen fireplace, and the flue must have caught fire. She later moved in with Miss Stephanie before rebuilding.