Monday, January 28, 2013
More than 100 residents came out to a fundraiser for George Bradley, the North Street resident whose home was destroyed in a December fire.
Having helped out Wilmington residents for much of his life, tragedy forced George Bradley to ask the community to return the favor. If Friday night was any indication, his fellow residents are more than happy to step up. Residents packed Tewksbury Country Club on Friday night for a benefit event for Bradley, whose North Street home was destroyed in a December fire. While his home was eventually demolished, Bradley is hoping to rebuild in the same spot where his parents built the house after World War II. Bradley doesn’t, however, have insurance, which makes the process a bit more difficult. That’s where more than 100 of his fellow residents come in, helping raise money by bidding on silent auction items, buying 50/50 raffle tickets and …
Friday, January 11, 2013
A Night of Comedy to Benefit George Bradley is scheduled for January 25 at Tewksbury Country Club.
When lifelong Wilmington resident George Bradley lost his home in a devastating fire on December 6, his friends and neighbors all around town were, in a word, shocked. All over town residents who had come to respect George for his kindness and generosity were devastated to learn of his loss and determined to find a way to help him out. A member of the Wilmington High School class of 1974, Bradley is best known around town for having spent more than 20 years managing the Shell Station on Route 62 in North Wilmington. If you ever owned a hot rod, a custom van or simply needed your truck fixed, you likely turned to Bradley for help at one time or another. In recent years Bradley has also become well known for his commitment to Wilmington’s …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Though fire destroyed George Bradley's North Street home, neighbors are beginning fundraising efforts to keep him in the neighborhood.
On Thursday, December 6, George Bradley’s world changed forever when a fire broke out at his North Street home. Despite a quick response from the Wilmington Fire Department, the flames were fast moving and the home was left in ruins. One firefighter suffered an ankle sprain but amazingly in spite of the heavy damage no one, including the family cats, was seriously injured. For Bradley’s neighbors the damage was almost incomprehensible. “It is absolutely heartbreaking to look out my window and see nothing but the pile of rubble left behind,” said North Street resident Lilia Maselli Seeing the home destroyed is just a small part of the disappointment these neighbors are feeling. “My husband Mark and I already miss having George around,” said…
Saturday, December 8, 2012
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. …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
A Thursday afternoon fire destroyed a home on North Street, though firefighters are unsure at the time what started the blaze.
A quiet North Street neighborhood was filled with smoke on Thursday afternoon when firefighters received a call that the property at 20 North Street was engulfed in flames. No one was injured in the fire, but the home was completely destroyed.
No one was home when the fire started, and Wilmington firefighters are still looking into the cause of the flames.
A Thursday afternoon fire that took several hours for firefighters to control destroyed a North Street home. Though there was heavy damage to the property, no one was home when the flames began and the family’s two cats escaped harm. Deputy Chief Rick McClellan said it is unclear at this time what caused the fire, which started just after 11 a.m. One firefighter was transported from the scene early on, but Fire Chief Ed Bradbury received confirmation about one hour later that he suffered only an ankle sprain. A neighbor called in the fire, and firefighters were quickly on scene. But by the time they arrived, flames had completely engulfed the structure. McClellan said crews had a hard time getting into the house initially, and were unsure …