North Street Homeowner Left With Nothing After Blaze
Crews razed the home after it was gutted by fire on Thursday, and neighbors hope to help raise money to help the homeowner rebuild.
The North Street home gutted by a Thursday fire is now nothing but an empty lot as firefighters continue to investigate what caused that devastating fire.
Deputy Fire Chief Rick McClellan said the fire is not suspicious, but the cause of the flames has not yet been pinpointed. Crews worked until about 6 p.m. on Thursday demolishing what was left of the home after it was deemed unsafe.
“It’s still undetermined,” said McClellan. “We’ve ruled out a lot of things, but nothing is conclusive. We do know that the fire is not considered suspicious.”
Neighbors, meanwhile, have begun efforts to raise money for George Bradley, who is left without a place to live. He has been working with Red Cross representatives since being displaced by the fire.
Jenny Connell started a fundraising website through Give Forward, and residents have already donated $1,240.
“George has always be a kind neighbor, helping us out in the winter by plowing our driveway and fixing our cars when we didn't really have the means or finances to do so ourselves,” Connell wrote in the website description. “He is well known in the neighborhood and a respected member of the town of Wilmington.”
According to McClellan, the fire began just 20-25 minutes after Bradley left for work. Shortly after, a neighbor called to alert him that his house was up in flames.
McClellan said he hopes the Wilmington community is able to step up to help Bradley.
“The real hard thing is that they don’t have any place to go,” said McClellan. “Hopefully people will be able to help him out.”